Jeffrey Whitman, a white man who owns Uriah’s Heating and Cooling in Ohio, is a proud Trump supporter and an unapologetic racist. Oh, Whitman refused to apologize after he was caught on video repeatedly hurling racial slurs at a black man, but now that his business is falling apart due to the footage quickly circulating on the Internet, he’s now apologizing on Facebook.
Activist and writer Shaun King shared a video of the incident on Twitter, posting, “ALL HANDS ON DECK” and it didn’t take long before Internet users identified Whitman.
ALL HANDS ON DECK.
“I just want to let you know what a nigger you are.” -Jeffrey Whitman, owner of Uriahs Heating, Cooling, & Refrigeration in Columbus, OH
Jeffrey Whitman, in his own company vehicle, chased a Black man all the way to his home to repeatedly call him a nigger. pic.twitter.com/BMh3bHHBCS
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 25, 2018
The owner of the Ohio business is now learning that hurling the N-word is bad for business after Yelp reviewers and Facebook users took him to the woodshed after seeing the viral video in which he followed Charles Lovett for two miles only to repeatedly call him a n***er.
“Is there a reason you just followed me to my house?” Lovett asks Whitman.
“I just want to let you know what a n—-r you are,” Whitman says.
“So I’m a n—-r because you can’t read street signs?” he asks Whitman.
No, Whitman insists, it’s because of his sense of entitlement.
“So thank you for calling me a n—-r and showing me how stupid you are,” Lovett says. “Have a good day, sir. Enjoy your life.”
Lovett then posted the video online and it quickly got traction, adding Whitman to the long list of white people who recently felt it necessary, for some reason, to launch a racist rant against a black person.
Here is Whitman previously refusing to apologize:
UPDATE: #JeffreyWhitman of Uriah’s Heating and Cooling says he isn’t sorry for his n-word filled outburst. Says he grew up with the slur so it’s no big deal.
— Bodak Red 💄 (@AFarray) July 27, 2018
But, now that his racist tirade has destroyed his business, he’s sorry. Lol. Whitman told The Columbus Dispatch that it was “an awful mistake” and said he doesn’t “know how to explain it.”
“I’m out of business, I’m completely out, I’m done, I’ll never work in Columbus again,” he told the paper. “This has completely and thoroughly ruined my life.”
But, later, Whitman said, “I just don’t understand the intensity of the hate.”
Well, he should also learn that big word called ‘consequences.’
On Facebook, Whitman addressed Lovett “and the community” to apologize for his “use of the n-word” and says, remarkably, that he doesn’t “know if it makes it right or wrong, all I can say is I grew up calling Black people n-word and it’s not a big deal for me.”
He adds that his “actions that day are not a reflection of my feelings towards the Black community” even though they totally are.
3/3 We are constantly monitoring and reviewing the actions of businesses and charities in our service area and take appropriate action to address concerns regarding our Standards when needed. BBB has suspended the Accreditation status of Uriah’s Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration.
— BBB CentralOhio (@BBBCentralOhio) July 26, 2018
He’s doing it wrong. It seems to me that Whitman is the one with a sense of entitlement. He was taught racism as a child and feels entitled be a racist prick. Soon, he’ll just be another unemployed racist prick. Life is HARD.
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