An African-American man who was confronted by his white neighbor in their apartment building in an incident caught on video wants the man evicted.
"Ultimately I think it is in the best interest of everyone who lives in the building that he gets evicted because his mindset is dangerous and could lead to future altercations," Chika Okafor said on CNN on Thursday.
Okafor said he had lived in a New York City apartment building for about a year when he was confronted by a neighbor he had never met before in the lobby earlier this month. The man alleged that Okafor did not live in the building because he had never seen him and demanded to know his apartment number.
“What are you doing in my building? You don’t live here,” the man said repeatedly in a video of the incident.
The arrogance is appalling but honestly, not surprising because far too many times people of color have been victims of this kind of behavior. You can watch the video of the incident here.#racialprofiling #privilege #racism #noseyneighbor #mindyourbusiness #harassment pic.twitter.com/DlnSf154h8— Chika Okafor (@ChikaO_13) December 20, 2018
The exchange was captured on video by Okafor’s friend, Cassius Flemming. The incident took place while the two men were waiting for a ride, Okafor said.
Okafor said before the video began, the white man asked “who the f--- are these guys?”
Okafor said he and Flemming remained calm throughout the encounter and asked the man for his name while recording.
Okafor said he “never in a million years” thought a situation like this would happen to him.
“What’s going through my mind at that point is ‘Wow, I am a part of this type of incident where a black person is being racially profiled by a white person,’ ” Okafor said on CNN.
Okafor said he alerted the property manager and the police about the incident.
The confrontation lasts roughly two minutes and ends with the white man telling them to “put it on YouTube.”
The video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times since its posting last week.