A Collierville, Tennessee, teenager is finding out the hard way that spray painting profane racial slurs on a Black pastor’s SUV is a racist offense. The 13-year old middle school student has been charged with vandalism of two vehicles and civil rights intimidation. The latter is a felony.
On Sunday, August 13, just one day after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Dr. Jason A. Mitchell parked his vehicle in the parking lot at Collierville High School. After the service, the Perfecting Love Community Church pastor found the words “F*ck N*ggers” painted across his rear windshield.
The pastor doesn’t seem to think so. Mitchell posted the teen’s handiwork on his Facebook page with the caption,”Y’all believe it’s real yet?!?! This is my truck at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN!” and the hashtag #StayWoke. He also posted this meme to his page.
What Was His Motive?
The teen has been expelled from school in addition to the felony charge he faces in Shelby County Juvenile Court. Of course, he is all kinds of apologetic and claims that defacing a Black man’s car using the N-word was supposed to be funny. He and a friend even posted their dirty deed on Snapchat.
“It was just something stupid that we thought would be funny, but it didn’t turn out to be funny at all,” the boy told Fox 13 News. “It wasn’t supposed to be racist.”
Sadden that Memphis pastor and LOC alumnus, Dr. Jason Mitchell, had to experience horrendous and unfortunate incident! https://t.co/FL5Br8sGGD
— LOC SoCal Alumni (@LocSocalAlumni) August 14, 2017
His Response Is Terrible
During the interview, which concealed their faces and identities, the boy’s father could be heard admonishing his son pointing out that there was no way that what he did wasn’t racist. Fox’s Greg Coy asked him what he said to his son when he got the news of his crime.
“I can’t say it on camera, but basically I wanted to know what the ‘F’ was going through your mind,” the dad replied. “What part of this is funny to you?”
Is He Really Sorry?
The boy has expressed remorse and offered an apology to Pastor Mitchell and the owner of the other car he vandalized. He claims that he never meant to hurt anybody. What lessons has he learned, though?
“I have learned to never mess with anyone racially or do anything to that stupid extent, or do anything bad,” he said. “I should just stick to school and be a good kid.”
Good idea. The teenager’s father doesn’t believe that his son is a racist. He claims that this just happens to be the worst decision his son has made in his very short life. Mayor Stan Joyner has condemned the actions of both teens, so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Pastor Mitchell has accepted their apologies. Do you think the boy should be given a second chance?