A racist caller attacked a 9-year-old Black boy with slurs — now locals are rallying around his dad's restaurant
Residents of Alpine, California, are rallying around a Black restaurant owner after a caller used racial slurs against the man's 9-year-old son.
Jacari "Jay" Cousins, owner of Jay's Southern Cafe, told San Diego's CBS affiliate that the incident occurred last week.
"We received a call, 'How many N's do you have in there? We can't come in and dine there'" Cousins said. "He commenced to call my son the N-word. We were totally shocked. We don't speak like that in our household."
"It kind of knocked the wind out of me," Cousins added. "I've explained to my children history, and you think history will be history, but there are individuals who are bitter, who walk around and have hatred."
The station reports that dozens of local residents flocked to the restaurant on Tuesday — not realizing it is closed this week in the wake of the incident. They included a group of older white women — Glenda, Susan, Mary, Betty and Elizabeth — who go out to lunch together somewhere every week.
"I'm stunned that somebody would actually be this prejudiced in this day and age," said Mary Smith.
One resident set up a fundraising page for the restaurant, which has received $3,300 in donations.
Another customer, Alpine's Russell Roberts, said: "That doesn't represent the community. So whoever it was, they're probably way out in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear him talk other than through a wire."
"He's got a big base here," Roberts added of Cousins. "A lot of people are supporting him and one guy trying to tear it all down? I don't think that's going to happen."
Watch the station's reports below.
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'I messed up big time guys': Unvaccinated COVID sufferer pleads with everyone to get the vaccine from his hospital bed
On Thursday, CNN played footage of Travis Campbell, a Virginia man who chose not to get vaccinated for COVID-19 because he "thought we were invincible" — and is now in an ICU bed, struggling to breathe or speak, and making plans for his own funeral.
"Made it through the night," said Campbell. "It was a long one. Last night I came to the realization that the chances of me not being able to give my daughter away at her wedding is greater than walking out. I had to make a phone call to my 14-year-old son, and I had to tell him what I thought. My dream was giving my daughter away at the altar, and I had to ask for his permission, if I didn't come home, if he would give my daughter away on her day."
Campbell begged viewers to get the vaccine and avoid what he is going through.
"I messed up big time, guys," said Campbell. "I didn't get the vaccine. That's okay, I made a mistake. I admit it, and I'm taking responsibility now. So please, for the love of God, if you really want to have a chance, don't fall for all the TV rhetoric and social media, just protect yourself."
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COVID-19's highly infectious Delta variant has been causing considerable misery in the U.S., especially in red states with low vaccination rates. And according to expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, a COVID-19 variant that is even worse than Delta may wreak havoc in the United States if more Americans don't get vaccinated.
In an interview with McClatchy, the 80-year-old Fauci — who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser — warned, "What we're seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don't get vaccinated — that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of U.S.-based adults have been at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19. That figure is taking into consideration the U.S. on the whole; vaccination rates can vary considerably from one state to the next.
Some of the lowest vaccination rates are in deeply Republican states. The Mayo Clinic reports that the number of U.S. residents who have been at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19 ranges from 75% in Vermont and 72% in Massachusetts to 39% in Mississippi, 43% in Alabama and Mississippi and 49% in Missouri.
A major difference between the current COVID-19 surge that is pounding the U.S. and previous surges is that this one is, according to Biden's administration, a "pandemic of the unvaccinated."
Fauci told McClatchy, "Even if we vaccinated everyone today, we're not going to see an effect until the middle to end of September."
The more COVID-19 is allowed to spread in the U.S., according to Fauci, the more dangerous a variant that is worse than the Delta variant will be.
"If we don't crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated," Fauci told McClatchy, "then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter, giving it ample chance to get a variant — which, quite frankly, we're very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants, particularly against severe illness. We're very fortunate that that's the case. There could be a variant that's lingering out there that can push aside Delta."
Fauci added, "If another one comes along that has an equally high capability of transmitting but also, is much more severe, then we could really be in trouble. People who are not getting vaccinated mistakenly think it's only about them. But it isn't. It's about everybody else, also."
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