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"Racist Graffiti" at K-State Was a Hoax

Kansas State

Black Man Admits to Spray-Painting Racial Slurs on Own Car

What was supposed to be a Halloween prank turned into a nearly explosive situation in Manhattan, Kansas.

A man who called police to report racist graffiti on his car admitted that he did it himself.  21-year-old Dauntarius Williams, who is African-American, released a statement apologizing to the community for the stunt. The washable spray paint graffiti on his car was for a "Halloween prank that got out of hand."

The N-word was spray painted on the car several times, along with other derogatory statements like, “die,” “whites only,” boy,” and “date your own kind,” among others.

Though it's unclear whether Williams is a student, the incident raised tensions on the campus of Kansas State University. The Black Student Union held an emergency meeting. KSU did a Facebook Live for concerned parents. The FBI even got involved.

The Riley County Police and the county attorney decided not to file charges against Williams even though he falsely reported a crime. Authorities thought it wouldn't be in the community's best interest.

Dauntarius Williams' statement: 

I would like to deeply apologize to the community. The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started. It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.


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