A Kansas City man has confessed to a strange crime. He covered his own vehicle with racial slurs. He committed a hate crime against himself. He thought he was being funny. Things quickly got out of control.
Although Dauntarius Williams was just trying to create a fun Halloween prank, his “vandalism” quickly escalated beyond his control. FBI investigators showed up at his door trying to help him find the person who threatened him because he was black. But Williams ended up confessing that he was the vandal.
When Williams woke up on the morning of November 1, he started sharing a picture of his black Dodge sedan on social media. The black car was covered in yellow writing that included some racial slurs and threats.
“Whites Only,” “Date Your Own Kind,” “Boy,” Stupid die n****r,” “F*** you die dumbn****r,” and more.
Williams’s car was parked at an apartment complex associated with Kansas State University. And when the image of the vandalized car started to go viral, it sparked outrage and increased racial tensions in the town. College students and community members alike were horrified to see the writing on Williams’s car.
When the image went viral, the Black Student Union held an emergency meeting. The school also hosted a Facebook live event to help ease the worries of parents who had heard about the hate crime.
The prank was taken seriously, and the school increased the number of guards on patrol in the area. And the FBI launched their civil rights investigation to discover who had committed the hate crime against Dauntarius Williams. Little did they know that it was him all along.
When federal investigators came knocking, Williams admitted that he was the culprit. The prank had gotten out of control, and he never meant it to get so much attention, the Riley County Police Department reported.
Police said Williams “expressed sincere regret that his actions had resulted in the negative media attention that resulted,” The Kansas City Star reported.
“I would like to deeply apologize to the community,” Williams said in a statement released by authorities. “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.”
Because he vandalized his own car with the hateful language, police did not file any charges against the 21-year-old student. Police feared that if they did, his arrest would “not be in the best interests of the citizens.”
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community, please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it,” Police Director Brad Schoen told The Kansas City Star.
Students feel betrayed that it was just a prank. Things like this are serious and should not be joked about especially within the black community.
“As a black student who has witnessed racist incidents first-hand around Manhattan this hurts the credibility of students who actually want to step out and say something about it,” said Andrew Hammond, a journalism major at the university. “I’m not sure what type of human being does this kind of thing as a prank.”