A shockingly racist incident occurred in Butler, PA during a peaceful protest against the Rex Energy company.
Videographer Tom Jefferson described the incident on his Youtube channel:
I was photographing a peaceful protest aimed at Rex Energy in Mars, Pa, At one point during the day a worker showed up. He started by insulting the protesters. Then he turned his attention to me. I just let him talk and kept the camera rolling.
The man begins by harassing the activists, calling them hippies and employing the all too typical “get a job” rhetoric that every activist has heard before. To the surprise of no one, he goes on to complain about his tax dollars (a sure fire sign that one has a reactionary on their hands), and ask an elderly man if he’s ever had a job, who can only laugh at the absurdity of the question.
Everyone stops laughing, and the tone changes when the racist man decides to call the African-American Videographer who was filming a “chimp.” The man goes on use the N word multiple times, and call the elderly protestors to “sit in their fucking chairs and be lazy.” They respond by saying “we are peaceful, and don’t need your antagonism,” and he responds by making monkey sounds at the camera man and cursing at the activists.
When a younger activist asks him if he’s got anything better to do, he openly admits he doesn’t and says he got rained out for the day at work and decided to “tease you fuckers.” He asks a single coherent question, “what are you out here for anyway?” The activists say they’re there to “protect the community,” to which he responds “what, from jobs?”
He exchanges words with the activists and then assaults the camera man by pushing his lens towards the ground, saying “get that camera out of my face fucker.” He goes on to say that the camera man is maybe only the 10th black person he’s ever seen in his life. This is not surprising – according to the census of 2000, there were 15,121 people living in Butler and the racial makeup was 93.6% White.
The victim of this attack, Tom Jefferson, is a photojournalist with a focus on social justice and climate change. Click here to support his upcoming documentary “The Way We Live.”
Update 12/30/15: The man in the video has been identified as John Pisone and fired! more info here