Earlier this week, former NFL coach Mike Ditka claimed that the United States hasn’t seen any oppression in the last 100 years. A number of people called Ditka out for his ridiculous statement, but, if he doesn’t believe any of them, maybe he’ll listen to Geminia Aimable, a 19-year-old national guardswoman who, while in uniform, was recently harassed by a racist white man.
On Tuesday, Aimable was cut off in traffic and then followed by the man. When she got to a red light, he got out of his car, banged on her window, and called her a n**ger.
‘Told me to never forget that I am nothing but a n**ger and that us n**gers do not deserve to serve this very country and to take off my uniform and to kill myself.’
Aimable’s full description of her experience — which she originally wrote on Facebook — can be read below:
A friend of Aimable’s also shared her story on Twitter, and it has since gone viral.
In addition to writing about her experience on Facebook, Aimable has chosen to continue to speak out against the man who attacked her. She said in an interview with Raw Story about her initial reaction when she was confronted by him:
‘I wanted to fight him. I wanted to make him take those words back. I also remembered that I am in uniform and I must conduct myself accordingly. Also, I, as an African American or a n**ger in his sense, I tend to be stereotyped as violent, so why fulfill their stereotypes?’
Aimable also commented on the efforts that she takes to fight for equality:
‘With this uniform comes a lot of power and responsibilities. There are moments were I wish I could join friends in protest. Instead, I write poetry on equality for all especially the LGBT community and poetry on racism.’
When asked about her opinion on people like Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality, Aimable said:
‘I will never forget that I am not only a soldier but also a minority that’s fighting for this country that also sees that racism is still a prominent issue. They can take a knee, I will continue to stand tall and proud for I fight for this very country.’
Aimable has received an outpouring of support on Twitter since her story was posted.
Featured image via Twitter.