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- US Army Spc. Diamonte Ugbesia, a 22-year-old Chicago native, filmed a white woman yelling at him while he visited a friend’s apartment complex.
- Ugbesia, who had previously deployed to Afghanistan, is a chaplain’s assistant in the 82nd Airborne Division.
- “I was shocked, you know,” Ugbesia said. “So, me coming home from Afghanistan serving my country, to come home to a person saying they hate me based off my skin color? That’s was the number one thing I was mad about.”
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A Black man who was the recipient of racist remarks from a white woman during a visit to his friend’s apartment complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is a chaplain’s assistant for the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Insider has learned.
Video footage captured by US Army Spc. Diamonte Ugbesia, a 22-year-old Chicago native, showed the woman yelling at him in the hallway of the Kings Cross Apartments on Thursday night. The incident was first reported on by ABC-affiliate WTVD.
Ugbesia said he heard the woman yelling as he arrived at the apartment complex and turned on his camera. The video revealed the woman chanting “I hate Black people” and “I hate n——.”
“You get the f— … I don’t want to do anything with you,” she said towards Ugbesia’s direction.
An unidentified man who was with the woman attempted to calm her down after she told him, “you better kill that n—-.”
“Hey, stop calling him that. Let him go. Just go inside,” the man said.
The woman, who eventually went back into her apartment with the man, added as she left, “I only deal with white boys.”
Ugbesia, a junior enlisted chaplain’s assistant, was confirmed to have deployed to Afghanistan. Chaplain assistants, or commonly referred to as religious affairs specialists, typically support their unit ministry teams, help conduct religious worship services, and provide counseling for the peers of wounded service members.
“I never heard somebody flat out heard somebody call me the N-word or say they hate me without knowing me,” Ugbesia said to WTVD. “So I was shocked.”
“I was shocked, you know,” Ugbesia said. “So, me coming home from Afghanistan serving my country, to come home to a person saying they hate me based off my skin color? That’s was the number one thing I was mad about.”
The US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, based in Ft. Bragg, condemned the woman’s remarks.
“It’s unfortunate that one of our paratroopers had to experience this,” US Army 82nd Airborne Division spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Burns told Insider. “As an organization, the Army and the 82nd Airborne Division rejects hate and prejudice in all forms. It’s not tolerated here, and is not indicative of the values we live by.”
The Fayatte Police Department confirmed to Insider that Ugbesia filed a police report for “communicating a threat” on Monday, five days after the incident. Law enforcement officials said because the woman was relaying the threat to “kill” Ugbesia to the man, and not directly to Ugbesia, there was not enough evidence the woman was communicating a threat.
The property managers of the apartment complex issued a statement to residents by email the next day saying they planned to evict the woman, according to WTVD. In its statement, the Kings Housing Management said it had a “zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior or failure to live in a cooperative manner” and that the woman had violated the “ethical standards of our community.”
“We have taken immediate legal action to terminate the tenancy of the resident in violation,” the statement added.