Racism In America: Journalist Bullied On The Street

A Black journalist showed how to cope with racism in America the right way.

Racism in America is a shameful though a widespread phenomenon that is why many people don’t know how to react when they face it. Below you will find a story, which may serve as an example of ideal, fully legal and rather brave behavior in a potentially risky situation.



An Emmy-winning journalist was recently faced with blatant racism while reporting on the cleanup going on in South Carolina from the devastation of

Steve Crump, 59 — who works for WBTV in Charlotte — was in Charleston, South Carolina with his camera crew when a young white man who was sitting on the ground nearby began to berate him with racial slurs.

 According to The Washington Post, the young man was identified as 21-year-old Brian Eybers. He was holding an iPad and recording himself when he encountered Crump.

The esteemed reporter said he overheard Eybers say, “There’s a black guy here. No, wait a minute, he’s a slave. No wait a minute; he’s a ‘N-word,’”

“I went from 0 to 60 in an instant, just like that. I just turned to [my cameraman] and said, ‘We need to get this guy on tape,’” Crump recounted.

Ironically, the whole ordeal occurred just 10 blocks away from the church where the Charleston nine were killed in a racially motivated attack by Dylann Roof back in June 2015.

Crump said in the moment that he was faced with such overt racism, he considered whether to address it or not. “Do you respond to it, or not? Do you let it stand?” he asked rhetorically.



Crump approached the man as his colleague filmed their interaction.

“Can you say that a little louder? Come on, what did you call me?” the journalist asks.

“I called you, sir,” Eybers replied as he sat on the sidewalk fidgeting with a lighter and a bag.

“No you did not call me sir, you called me the N-word, right?” Crump said.

“I did, I believe I did call you the N-word,” the man admitted.

The journalist then asks the man to spell the word out for him. He does.

“What gives you the right to call me that?” Crump asks.

“The Constitution of the United States does,” Eybers replied. The man had the same answer when asked why he called Crump a slave. The journalist then asked if the man felt superior.

“Yeah, this one does make me superior,” Eybers said.

The two continued the heated conversation as Crump explains to the man that if he knew the ninth and the 14 Amendment right of the Constitution (the 14th Amendment granted equal rights to slaves emancipated after the Civil War.), the two wouldn’t be having the conversation.

“You’re a f***ing idiot, you’re ignorant. So, you really are a n****r then,” Eybers said. “You’re acting n****rly.”

“And what are you?” Crump asks.

“I’m Caucasian,” the man said.

“Yeah, and does that give you a right?” the journalist asks.

“It gives me every right I f***ing need. You don’t give the right, God gave me the right,” Eybers said, pointing to the sky. “I was endowed by my creator.”

“And I’m not?” the reporters asks. “I can’t have the same lifestyle you have?”

No you can’t,” the man says as he fiddles with what appears to be a glass pipe in one hand and a red lighter in the other.

“Why not?” Crump inquires.

“Because I don’t want you to,” Eybers said. See more


 The Washington Post

Finally, after Eybers asked whether Crump is a Roman Catholic, the newscaster climbed into his van and called the police. Eybers stood in front of the van and continued to light the unknown item.

He again called Crump the n-word.

Finally, police arrested Eybers, who smiled as he was guided into the back of a squad car.

He has been charged with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically a glass crack pipe, police told the Charlotte Observer. It’s unclear if Eybers has a lawyer or had entered a plea. He has a court date on Friday.

“I’ve been around hate groups, that kind of thing . . . but it has never been this level of volatility,” Crump told The Post. “I’ve interviewed members of the Klan face to face, and they’ve never stooped to that level of vulgarity.” See more 

Maybe the memories about the Charleston shooting inspired the brave journalist to engage in the fight against racism in America. We appreciate his bravery and a rare ability not to back off of fly off handle in the face of white supremacy and aggression. With people like Mr. Crump we will one day put an end to racism in America.

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