Black people in America are faced with unimaginable hurdles and mistreatment at the hands of white people who have always been given the idea that they are somehow superior to people with dark skin. And the darker the skin, the more inferior a person is considered. Videos of racial attacks go viral almost daily in the age of Trump, and humankind is able to see these incidents and their frequencies for what they are. Acts of deplorable disrespect and utter cruelty.
Now, a black bus driver is facing possible criminal charges, and has lost his job after knocking out a white man who spat on him and called him a n*gger.
According to Florida local station CBS 12:
“The incident, which was caught on bus surveillance cameras, happened on a Palm Tran bus on a Sunday afternoon May 13. It began as a dispute over the bus fare. There were only a handful of people on the bus, including a passenger who was very loud. The passenger, who is white, used insulting racially-offensive language, taunting the bus driver who is black.”
The driver’s union is defending the black man’s reaction to the obviously drunken racist, saying that the prolonged verbal attack on the Palm Tran driver, and the physical assault of being spat on, led to an eventual outburst from the driver, who dealt with the intoxicated man for over 20 minutes before punching him out cold.
The story continues:
“The driver warned the passenger to stop it. ‘You call me n— one more time! You call me n—– one more time and I’m gonna (inaudible) your (expletive)!’ shouted the Palm Tran bus driver. Then the unruly passenger spit on the driver.”
Dwight Mattingly is president of Amalgamated Transit Union local 1577. He says that we should all have a bit more compassion for the black driver who faced an unprovoked attack, and that Palm Tran may want to introduce training that will prepare their employees for encounters with belligerent passengers:
“Emotionally the driver lost it, and reacted in self-defense as well as reacted to being spit upon.”
The Palm Tran company has quite a different take, however. They fired the driver immediately and released a statement condemning anyone who dare stand up to a white person who is attacking them because of their race. That statement reads in part:
“I think there’s no place in our society for that use of language and I think anybody’s gonna have a reaction after being spat upon and racially degraded.”
Check out the video below and judge for yourself if the driver should be persecuted for losing his temper: