Written By: Timothy Waller
Many people are aware of racism in America, and this awareness has sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as many other groups and organizations. Many people are fighting for equality in the government, but as one New York man found out, racism is still prevalent on the streets.
Kenneth Walker, a black volunteer firefighter in North Towanda, New York, is in the process of repairing his life along with his family as his house burned to the ground this Wednesday.
Monday, Walker received a threatening and racist letter in his mailbox stating that “N****** aren’t allowed to be firefighters. No one wants you in this city.” The letter also contained other violent racial slurs and insults, before demanding that Walker (the only black firefighter in the city) resign his position of volunteer firefighter or “you will regret it”.
Two days after Walker received the letter and did not resign, his house caught fire, turning it to ash. Walker and his family are unharmed, but they lost all their possessions as well as two cats. Reports indicate that there is no clear way how exactly the fire started.
“It shocked me,” Walker stated in an interview, “I didn’t think this kind of thing happened nowadays.” Walker also stated that in the two years he’s been a volunteer firefighter, he has never had any trouble with his coworkers or the community.
The FBI is launching an investigation into the fire and letter will hopefully bring the assailant to justice.
Racism is still prevalent in today’s society, the case of Kenneth Walker just proves it. Burning a house down because of the color of one’s skin? There is no way any one can justify that, and hopefully the jury will see that when the assailant is arrested.