Grown Men Set Bad Example in AC Transit Bus Fight
Blog & Vlog, Sean Shavers
Feb 23, 2010
Last week, two seniors fought on a bus in Oakland--a black male in his fifties and a white male in his late sixties.
From the viral video footage on YouTube, the black man started the argument when he overheard a white man saying someone shined his shoes. I guess he found that offensive and thought it was a racial slur but the white male apologized and proceeded to leave saying, ''I don't care if it was a China Man, I’m not racist.''
At that point the argument should’ve been over, but the black male continued to taunt the other man, saying racial slurs and threatening him. The white male could no longer control himself and threatened to slap the man if he even came near him. That's when the fight happened.
The black male threw a clumsy punch and was beaten under one of the seats. The white male swung strong punches and that caused the black male to bleed wildly from the mouth.
I just don't understand how this happened. If some teenagers did this, I wouldn't even be concerned. With age comes wisdom, leadership, and understanding, which these men did not reflect.
You want to know why these kids are so violent and have no respect for life? It's because there's no leadership. If kids watch elders behave like hoodlums and common thugs, then they will, too. Those men acted like children and were not good examples for the younger generation. I blame the black male primarily because he was the aggressor. Not only did he start the argument but he also refused to let it go.
That reflected bad on me, my city and on my race. This incident just confirmed certain stereotypes about black men being violent and wild. Now, I don't blame folks for clutching their purse when they see me because all they see is a potential altercation with a black man. I know I shouldn't say n---a, but what happened on that bus was n---a behavior.
I’m sorry for the people who watched this video and who witnessed this foolishness.
I am not amused and I am very disappointed in these men.
-- Sean Shavers
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