‘Don’t be angry:’ North Texas father’s response after Dillard employee hurls racist comments at son goes viral

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DALLAS (TBEN) — It was hate captured on tape.

In recent days, the video of a North Texas father calmly confronting a Dillard clerk at the NorthPark Center in Dallas has gone viral — viewed over a million times, and that’s counting. The clerk, witnesses confirmed, threw a racist slur at the man’s 10-year-old son.

“I ask the question: What could he have done? What could 10-year-old Homer be doing to deserve to be called a ‘f****** n*****’?”

Muhammad Karim, the child’s father, doesn’t really expect an answer, but he wants the world to ask, “Why is there so much hate?”

He says his family lives a quiet life in Johnson County with a small catering business and restaurant. The trip to the NorthPark Dillard’s should have been a respite from the heat.

He asked a clerk who said his name was Homer for directions to a locker room. He returned and found his son in tears. “A tear came out of my baby’s eye and he said, ‘Dad, didn’t you hear what that man just called me?'” Karim recalls.

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After questioning his son and others who heard the slur, Karim remained calm. In the video, he can be heard telling that clerk that he would never have had such contempt for the clerk’s family, and that he is a man of “grace and honor.”

But he also admits that it wasn’t easy to refuse to give in to the anger, and he owes his faith. “The Prophet Muhammad says ‘Don’t be angry. Don’t be angry.'” Then he pauses for a short laugh: “I’ll be honest with you. I was angry. I was angry.”

And he didn’t believe the clerk’s statement that he had hit his leg.

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“You don’t go from hitting your foot to ‘f****** n*****.’ That’s not how life works. This is repetitive behavior.”

The employee told Karim that he had worked at Dillard’s for over 20 years, but not anymore.

In response to our inquiries, Dillard headquarters issued the following statement.

“The allegations against our former employee were immediately investigated, found to be inconsistent with our standards and his employment with Dillard’s was terminated immediately.”

But Karim points out that his son is 10 and still traumatized by the experience.

“I don’t think Homer understands the impact of his words. My darling [the family nickname for the child known for being so kind] is afraid to come out. He thinks every white man is out to get him. How do you explain that?”

Karim’s wife also heard the taint and is also having a hard time. That’s despite the friends, family, and strangers gathering to show support.

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He says his siblings and other family members are messaging and sharing what is being said on social media – the internet this time intrigued by someone who is NOT behaving badly. But when his family is struggling, Karim admits, so is he.

“I can’t let my emotions overshadow them at this particular time,” he says as his eyes fill with tears. “So I do my best to protect them.”

Just like he did that day at Dillard’s; by continuing to model the values ​​he learns.

“The best decision at the time,” he says, “was to do the right thing.”