A white Pennsylvania man insists he’s not racist after being recorded calling a black woman a n****r and a monkey during what police say was a road rage incident.
As 20-year-old Zhaqweyza Armstrong was driving along Route 30 bypass last month, she recorded John Rodgers hurl racial slurs at her.
“Go to Africa. Hurry up, go to Africa! Run n****r run, monkey, monkey, monkey,” Rodgers can be seen saying.
Armstrong spoke with Fox29 about the incident and admitted she was caught off guard by Rodger’s random racial verbal attack. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was terrified,” Armstrong said.
Since news of Armstrong’s encounter, Rodgers has gone on the defensive. During a sit down with the Daily Local News, Rodgers said he’s not racist because he has mixed-race grandchildren.
“I am not racial,” said the 52-year-old commercial truck driver. “I have a mixed-race grandchild. Bi-racial grandkids. I wouldn’t normally say that word. I am not a racial person. I don’t see color. I see ignorance.”
A civil affairs investigator with the Pennsylvania State Police has sided with Rodgers. “(He) was upset and said some things he didn’t necessarily mean, out of anger. He wanted to convey to me that he wasn’t a racist. I gathered that from our meeting after seeing photos of his family,” Sgt. William Slaton said.
According to the publication, both parties have agreed to not press charges against the other.