- Posted August 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
Race in the Heartland
I had always been taught by my parents, and in school, that you shouldn't judge people based off their skin color, but unfortunately not everyone seems to have been taught the same thing.
The second time I experienced racism was while living in my first apartment building in a low cost housing complex. Since I wasn't on housing assistance I had to pay more than double what other renters in the same building were paying, and on a daily basis a large crowd of black youths would walk around the complex, and several times I caught them urinating on my patio and spitting on my lawn furniture. I had asked them to stop several times and generally got a racially motivated insult as a response. Finally one day i got sick of it and after they had walked by and spit on my patio furniture I swung the door open with my shotgun at my side. I stated "You seem to have left something on my patio furniture, you might want to grab it before you leave". I was met with blank stares, at which point I racked a round into the shotgun and repeated myself. At that point the young men came over to my furniture and wiped their spit off of it and apologized.
Again, I was raised to be respectful of my neighbors and their property, and was quite puzzled by their behavior. It seems as though they were not taught the same values.