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White Man to Black Neighbor: 'You Don't Live Here'

Now 'Hallway Harry' has gone viral
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2018 12:55 PM CST

(Newser) – America, meet "Hallway Harry." That's the online moniker for a white New Yorker who's been caught on video verbally confronting his black neighbor, the New York Times reports. "What are you doing in my building?" the man asks. "You don't live here. I've never seen you before. I've lived here 27 years." But Chika Okafor, a producer for Bleacher Report, stood his ground when the man asked more than once for his apartment number in the Upper East Side building. "It's none of your business," Okafor tells him. When the man disagrees, Okafor asks, "Why is it your business? Do you own this building?" And so it begins. "Harry" is soon saying, "Oh, you're smooth. You're smooth. You're the smooooth king."

Seems it began when "Harry" said to them, "Who the f--- are these guys?"—at least that's what Okafor's companion, also a black male, says while shooting the video, per NBC New York. The man insists, "I do that to white people, too," but Okafor (who posted the video on Facebook) doesn't buy it: "To me, his behavior suggested that, one, because we were people of color we were a threat to their safety, and, two, because we are people of color we can't afford to live in that type of apartment complex," he tells the Times. Yet Okafor's neighbor may be an equal-opportunity aggressor: Another video shows him calling two white Airbnb renters "retarded" and telling them to "get out" for renting for less than 30 days. (Other, similar white-on-black encounters gave America "Cornerstone Caroline" and "Pool Patrol Paula.")

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