Darren McCollester/Newsmakers

A White Man Pulled A Gun On Black Muslim Teens Inside Of A McDonalds

"I've had people being racist towards me before, but I've never had a gun pulled on me until now."

Police are investigating an unidentified white man who reportedly pulled a gun on a group of black Muslim teens inside of a Minnesota McDonalds.

The investigation was birthed after one of the teens posted a video to social media Monday. The clip quickly went viral garnering more than a million views at the time of this post.

While speaking to Buzzfeed News Tuesday (Nov. 20) 16-year-old Farida Osman said she thinks the potential fatal incident occurred because of her race and religion.

"I think it’s because we were black and Muslim," Farida said. "I've had people being racist towards me before, but I've never had a gun pulled on me until now."

Farida said she and a group of friends, three other girls, and about 10 boys, were at a library down the block from the McDonalds and decided to get some food. The boys sat down and the girls got in line to order.

Another girl within the group Jihan Abdullahi attempted to pay with Apple Pay but after several tries was unable to, in essence holding up the line. Jihan's friend Amal tried to pay for her food with Apple Pay as well but couldn't. It was then the man in the video began making comments.

"He was being kind of aggressive," Amal, who was wearing a red Hajib said. According to Amal, someone behind the teens and in front of the complainer attempted to quell the rising tension. "Sir, we're all waiting for our dinner."

The manager then instructed Amal and Farida to get out of line if they couldn't pay, which they did. As the two got to the back of the line, the complainer commented the girls would probably pay for their meal with an EBT card, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, a form of payment given to those on welfare.

"Jihan said, 'Just because I'm black does not mean I use EBT.' Basically, after that, he was trying to say, 'You do use EBT,' and Jihan was saying, 'No I don’t,' and telling him to stop being racist."

Farida began to fear when the man began to approach her friends. "He started walking towards Amal and Jihan screamed at her and at this point, when I tried to get my phone out to start recording, he backed away," she said.

Farida said she could see the man ball up his fists. She then called for her guy friends who came to their defense. "Once he saw a big group of Somali boys, he felt even more threatened, even though nobody made threats or touched him," she said.

As the confrontation continues, a McDonald's manager can be seen yelling at the group of teens and telling to them get out. As one of them screams the man had a gun, the manager still tells them to leave. It was only after a man, who did not identify himself, corroborates the teen's story the manager believes him.

"Don't send them out there when the dude just pulled a f**king gun on them. You better f**king call the cops."

Farida said she was thankful the man spoke up. "I’m so thankful that one man was there," Farida said. "I feel like if he wasn’t there, we would have had to leave; they would’ve called the cops on us."

In a statement, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota police said they're investigating the circumstances of the incident to determine if a crime was committed.

"We’re children," Farida said. "If the good guy who helped us wasn’t there to help us, we would’ve been kicked out and we could've been shot."

READ MORE: White Lives Matter To Be Labeled As A Hate Group

From the Web

More on Vibe

Win McNamee

Sybrina Fulton Is Running For Office In Florida

Since Trayvon Martin's murder in 2012, Sybrina Fulton has dedicated her life to preserving her son's legacy. Now, Fulton is taking it one step further as she's announced she's running for office in Florida.

“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton said to The Miami Herald. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”

"Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs,” she continued. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

Fulton will run against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez during the 2020 election, a seat which will be vacated by Commissioner Barbara Jordan in the same year.

Fulton, alongside Trayvon's father Tracy, found themselves the focus of media attention in 2012 when 17-year-old Trayvon was racially profiled, followed and shot by self-appointed neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman.

Unarmed Trayvon was staying with his father in central Florida when on the night of Feb 26, he went to a local convenience store and crossed paths with Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was taken into custody by police that night but later released. It would months later in April when Zimmerman was formally arrested and charged. On July 13, 2013,  Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Mother And Daughter Arrested In Horrific Murder Of Pregnant Chicago Teen

A mother and daughter were arrested in the horrific murder of a pregnant Chicago teenager who had been missing since late last month. The victim, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was strangled to death before her unborn baby was sliced from her womb.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree, have been charged with first-degree murder. Piotra Bobak, Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend, was charged with concealing a homicidal death.

Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, after leaving Latino Youth High School. The mother-to-be drove herself to Figueroa’s home where she thought that she would be picking up baby clothes and a double stroller. The teen met Figueroa on Facebook and had purchased baby items from her in the past, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Thursday (May 16).

According to the Chicago Tribune, the elder Figueroa planned to keep the baby boy, who is reportedly brain dead from lack of oxygen. The newborn remains hospitalized on life support.

Desiree later confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez to death, police said. Investigators searched Figueroa’s property Tuesday (May 14) and recovered Ochoa-Lopez’s remains from a trash bin in the backyard, along with the cable likely used in the murder.

Ochao-Lopez’s case had hit a roadblock until a friend tipped investigators off about her Facebook correspondence with Figueroa. Police initially visited Figueroa’s home on April 23 but were told that she had recently given birth at home. A DNA test later determined that she was not the baby’s mother.

A spokesperson for Ochao-Lopez’s family called the murder “surreal.” The teen is survived by a 3-year-old daughter and her husband, Yovani Lopez.

See more on the horrifying crime below.

Continue Reading
Erik S. Lesser

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Spelman, Morehouse And Clark-Atlanta University Graduations

The Westboro Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to as “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America” has taken aim at several historical black colleges or universities.

According to reports, the group plans to protest Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark-Atlanta University's forthcoming graduation ceremonies. In a press release earlier this month, the Kansas-based group said Spelman College’s "Women's Research and Resource Center of Spelman" is actually "more evidence does not seem necessary to demonstrate that this college is being grandly paid to produce perverts who aggressively strive to push others toward proud sin and down the path to hell. Repent!”

The group then took aim at Morehouse college over the fact it announced it would admit transgender men. “Morehouse, founded by Baptists, announced in April, 2019, that for 135 years only male students could enroll, but starting in 2020, females, who pretend that they are males, will be welcome. Check the neck! God’s moral law is immutable!” the group wrote.

In the group's attack against Clark-Atlanta University, the group aimed at Reverend Dr. Ken Walden, the President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary who is scheduled to deliver a prayer during the upcoming graduation ceremony.

“No true or spiritually helpful guidance will be offered by this man, whose lengthy resume is given in demonstration that he is worldly, men-pleaser who has made a career of misconstruing, wresting and lying about Jesus Christ and His Word. Flee from whorish, lying pastors!” the group added.

The director of public safety at Spelman released a statement, which was obtained by The Grio, assured students that extra security would be put in place. “We will have additional staff on hand to ensure that all events proceed safely and with minimal disruption if any at all,” the email read.

Continue Reading

Top Stories