Society and Culture
Steve Crump is a Hero: Black Reporter Schools Racist on the Constitution
On October 8, Steve Crump, a veteran WBTV reporter, was in Charleston, South Carolina reporting on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Matthew, when he was accosted by a racist. Crump told the Washington Post that the man said, “‘There’s a black guy here. No, wait a minute, he’s a slave. No wait a minute, he’s a ‘n-word.'” At that moment he had a choice–ignore the white man’s casual use of the “n-word,” or confront him. He chose the latter, and he caught it all on tape.
“Say that a little bit louder,” Crump said to the young man sitting outside the Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral filming the neighborhood with his iPad. “Come on, what did you just call me?”
“I called you ‘Sir,’” said the man later identified as 21-year-old Brian Eybers.
“No, you did not call me ‘Sir,’ ” Crump shot back. “You called me the n-word, right?”
To which an eerily calm Eybers replied, “I believe I did call you the n-word.”
Eybers then argued that “the Constitution of the United States” gives him the right to call Crump a n***a and a former slave. In fact, it even makes him “superior.”
“You do have a First Amendment right,” said Crump.
“Yeah I have a Second Amendment right, I got a Third amendment right. I got a Third, a Fourth, a Fifth, a Sixth, Seventh, Eight, Nine, and Ten, and that’s just the Bill of Rights,” quipped Eybers.
This is where Crump lays down some quality knowledge for this desperately naive young man.
“So what’s the Ninth and the Fourteenth?” replied Crump. “If you knew your Constitution about the Ninth and the Fourteenth, you wouldn’t have done what you just did.”
In case you were wondering (cough) Eybers (cough), the Ninth Amendment reads:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
And the Fourteenth Amendment–since I’m sure you didn’t know that one either– reads in part:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Perhaps if he had actually known the text of the Bill of Rights he was so quick to list off–as well as the Constitution–he would have had a second thought before using it as justification for his racist and offensive behavior.
But it’s ok, because there is such a thing as karma!
Police later arrived, arrested Eybers, and charged him with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically a glass crack pipe.
However, Crump holds no ill will for the man. He told the Charlotte Observer that he’s forgiven the man and is praying for him. He also hopes “he gets help by enrolling in an anger management program or drug counseling.”