Perhaps you’ve seen this video. A man follows a black person to his home, hurls racist insults at him, all while driving a van with his company’s name and phone number blazoned on the side. Just the stupidity hurts, but it’s the racism that makes it far, far worse.
ALL HANDS ON DECK.
"I just want to let you know what a nigger you are." -Jeffrey Whitman, owner of Uriahs Heating, Cooling, & Refrigeration in Columbus, OH
Jeffrey Whitman, in his own company vehicle, chased a Black man all the way to his home to repeatedly call him a nigger. pic.twitter.com/BMh3bHHBCS
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 25, 2018
Afterwards, the driver, Jeff Whitman (I think he dropped the “e” that belongs after the “t” in his name) was totally unapologetic. Calling someone the N-word?
“I don’t know if it makes it right or wrong all I can say is I grew up with it and not a big deal for me,” said the man in the van.
I guess that makes it all right. He was brought up as a racist, so no problem if he says racist things.
Unfortunately for him, his business is getting wrecked by a flood of negative reviews on social media, and the Better Business Bureau is suspending his accreditation. Whoops. Words have consequences. Now he’s ruined…but he still doesn’t understand what he did wrong.
“I’m out of business, I’m completely out, I’m done, I’ll never work in Columbus again,” Whitman said. “This has completely and thoroughly ruined my life.”
“I just don’t understand the intensity of the hate,” said the man who drove two miles out of his way to verbally abuse a complete stranger based on the color of his skin.
I just sort of feel like saying…your feelings don’t matter, snowflake. Nobody owes you a living. The free market has spoken. Suck it up, bucko.
Except that feelings do matter, and what wrecked your business was that you thought your bigotry against people was justified, and that what you really need to learn is some empathy for other human beings. It’s ignorance that killed Uriahs Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration.