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Mayor Calls Racist Rant in Santa Monica College Parking Lot “Ugly”
By Niki Cervantes
May 7, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s mayor is calling a parking-lot confrontation that unleashed a racist rant by an elderly white man captured on video an “ugly incident.”
Mayor Ted Wintered said Friday that the incident serves as a reminder that “hate is not welcome in our city, or any city.”
Last week’s dispute rapidly went viral and made international headlines ("Santa Monica City Prosecutors to Evaluate “Hate Crime” Fight Involving N-Word," May 3, 2018).
In the video, an 80-year-old man is seen screaming racial slurs and trying to kick a black woman who had parked her car over the parking spot line.
He is due in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 13 on charges of misdemeanor battery and of committing a hate crime. The woman has not been identified.
It ends with Shinerock storming back to his car.
Rattled leaders from the SMC quickly promised the college would “take immediate and evident action to reinforce to our students, college community, and guests that there is no room for hate at Santa Monica College.”
In a statement, Mayor Ted Winterer said, “The City of Santa Monica stands with Santa Monica College and our community in lifting up our shared values of equity, inclusivity and mutual respect.
“Santa Monica thrives because we are diverse,” he said.
“We hope that the rest of the world will join us in recognizing and celebrating those in our community of every color, culture, religion, and orientation because we know our people are what make Santa Monica a truly special place,” Winterer said.
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