Editor’s Note: A YouTube video has surfaced this week in which an African American UC Davis student gets onto a Unitrans bus and is confronted by a long barrage of harassment, in which a man repeatedly derides him with racial epithets, belittling comments and a chant of “Trump.”
Complicating the picture is that the perpetrator was himself an elderly black man, clearly intoxicated in the middle of the afternoon, and probably homeless according to the man’s description.
There were other people on the bus besides the bus driver, and no one said a word, according to the man, during this entire incident. The bus driver clearly should have put a stop to this much sooner.
This is certainly a complicated incident. I can understand why other passengers would not want to do something – you have an agitated homeless guy on the bus, and who knows what he will do if you say something. But to allow this man to receive this kind of verbal abuse for as long as he did seems reprehensible.
On the YouTube post he writes, “I ask not that you respond with vengeance but with Grace. Yes, I am hurt and not doing okay. We see that the police force are limited in their ability to help, so I turn to you – My Friends and Acquaintances. This is only the beginning.”