A black man has admitted vandalizing his own car with racist graffiti. Dauntarius Williams, 21, sprayed his car in paint with messages like ‘date your own kind’, ‘go home’ and ‘die’.
Williams’ car was parked near Kansas State University (KSU) at an apartment complex. When pictures of it covered with messages like “Go Home,” “Date your own kind,” “Boy,” “F*ck You,” and “Die” were posted on social media, racial tensions skyrocketed as a result. The 21-year-old’s joke was the catalyst for an emergency meeting of the KSU Black Student Union, increased campus security, a Facebook Live event hosted by KSU administration with concerned parents, and an FBI probe into the incident.
The Prank That Got Out Of Hand Police said that Williams couldn’t be more sorry about what happened. In a statement issued by the department, the young man expressed his remorse. “The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started,” Williams said. “It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and the news I have brought you all.”
The Response From The Community Was Real
And there was much pain, fear, and angst caused by what Williams did. KSU spokesman Jeff Morris acknowledged the reactions of the campus and greater community.
“Those are very real responses,” Morris said. “The incident maybe wasn’t real–the emotions were.”
Fortunately for Williams, authorities have decided not to charge him with filing a false report explaining that it would “not be in the best interests of the citizens” of Manhattan, Kansas. The police acknowledge the seriousness of the matter, but believe that Williams deserves a second chance.
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community, please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it,” Riley County Police Department director Brad Schoen said.
Mistake or not, the university has vowed to continue with the added security patrols and increased surveillance on campus. In this hostile racial climate, it is better to be safe than sorry.