Black Security Guard Awarded For Remaining Calm During Racist Train Attack
The black security guard who stood his ground and kept calm while enduring a vicious verbal attack from a racist Australian teenager while aboard the train has now been recognized for not losing his cool.
via Courier Mail
Premier Campbell Newman has publicly thanked heroic train guard Josphat Mkhwananzi for his professionalism and “cool head” during the vile racist rant on a Brisbane train earlier this month.
Mr Newman, alongside Transport Minister Scott Emerson, presented the 56-year-old with a certificate of recognition this afternoon for the discipline and restraint he demonstrated during the “ugly” incident on October 2.
Mr Emerson said Mr Mkhwananzi’s bosses at Securecorp had told him that if they “could copy Joe they would and put him on all our trains”.
Mr Newman also took the opportunity to thank the public for the way in which they had backed Mr Mkhwananzi in the wake of the footage going viral. The guard was also presented with a citation from his employer, Securecorp.
Earlier, Mr Mkhwananzi blamed the poor upbringing of today’s youth for the shocking attitudes of some teens.
Speaking for the first time since a video of the attack went viral, he would not judge the actions of his accused teenage attacker Abdel-Kader Russell-Boumzar. The 56-year-old train guard said anti-social behaviour was caused by the way children were raised.
“If you can’t teach your kids the right thing … kids are ambassadors of their families,” Mr Mkhwananzi said in an interview with The Courier-Mail. “I can’t blame the kids, I can’t blame the government.’’
The humble hero stood between Russell-Boumzar and other passengers as he was called a “n—er” and a “black c—” and spat on during the attack which occurred earlier this month.
A video of the incident sparked a social media manhunt on the weekend after it was uploaded to the internet and labelled unAustralian.
He also played down concerns about racism and has already returned to work.
“I have never seen any other country where this is not (happening) … All countries are having their own issues.
When asked if he wanted an apology from the teenagers, he replied “I’m OK”.
“Whatever they will say, I will accept that. Whatever they will do, I will accept that — but I’m not in a position to influence somebody.’’
This man should definitely be commended for the way he handled things, to say the least. Not too many people could have keep their cool in the face of such blatant and repeated disrespect. In case you missed it, You can check out the video of the attack HERE.