Jeff Whitman told WCMH that he had no regrets after following a black man, Charles Lovett, to his home and calling him the N-word in Columbus, Ohio, on July 24 (video below).
Lovett home is almost two miles from where he and Lovett had a traffic dispute near Interstate 71, notes The Columbus Dispatch.
Lovett filmed Whitman’s racist tirade, which Whitman spewed from a company truck that included the phone number and name of the business:
I just want to let you know what a n*gger you are!
Whitman defended his repeated use of the N-word to WCMH, and claimed he was raised saying it.
Lovett posted the video on social media where thousands of strangers contacted the business phone number on Whitman’s car and left negative reviews on Yelp, sprinkled in with images of the Ku Klux Klan and Hitler, notes The Columbus Dispatch.
After the social media backlash, Whitman told The Columbus Dispatch how he feels bad for what he’s done:
It was an awful mistake and obviously I don’t know how to explain it, and it’s ruined my life and it’s ruined my family’s life.
I’m out of business, I’m completely out, I’m done, I’ll never work in Columbus again. This has completely and thoroughly ruined my life.
Whitman said he chose the wrong word (repeatedly) and insisted that he is not a bigot. Whitman went on to complain about the anger directed towards him for his racist tirade:
I just don’t understand the intensity of the hate. I was just trying to address the rudeness.