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(NEW YORK POST) – A state contractor from Ohio followed a black man to his home, posted up in front of his driveway and then called him the N-word repeatedly — all because he thought the man cut him off while driving.
“I just want to let you know what a n—er you’re being,” the contractor said, with cell phone video showing the entire confrontation.
“You wanna let me know how much of a n—er I am?” asked Charles Lovett, the black man being accosted.
“Yeah, I want to let you personally know how much of a n—er you are,” the contractor fires back.
Questioned by Lovett as to why he is making this assessment, the man says: “Because you’re a rude n—er … You cut me off in my lane.”
He then adds, “You cut me off because you feel entitled — because you get everything for free.”
To which Lovett replies, “You feel entitled because I’m black.”
The contractor — identified by ABC 6 and FOX 28 as Jeffrey Whitman — is a white man from Columbus who owns a company called Uriah’s Heating and Cooling. He was driving a work van on Tuesday, which had the company’s logo and state contracting info on it, when the incident occurred.
“I’m glad I got all this information, that I’ll be sending to the state, since you’re a state contractor,” Lovett tells Whitman on the video.
He posted the footage on Facebook Tuesday, along with a description of what allegedly went down.
“So this is happened to me this morning,” Lovett said. “A man followed me from the interstate exit to my house, and then proceeded to berate me with the most disrespectful word to any African American. I wasn’t going to post it, because I felt that I should’ve known and did better in handling the situation, by just walking away and going into my house. But I’m human.”
The confrontation is just the latest example of racism caught on camera — with countless people getting recorded and losing their jobs in recent months.
“Nobody, African American Mexican Puerto Rican deserves what’s been happening to us across the United States here lately,” Lovett said. “This incident is just one of many sadly.”
Whitman has apologized for his racist rant, but he only did so after his company started getting blasted online. He was initially unapologetic.
“I didn’t follow him home,” Whitman claimed during an interview with NBC4.
“The way I confronted him, I confront him as ‘Hey, you cut me off,’” he said. “I don’t know if it makes it right or wrong, all I can say is I grew up with it and not a big deal for me.”
Lovett later filed a police report against Whitman, though it’s unclear if police plan to pursue charges. None had been filed as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.
“I never would have expected it to happen to me,” Lovett told NBC. “But [that’s] the world we live in nowadays.”