For outside observers, this has been a bad week for Black people in the United States.
But for people of color (BIPOC), it's just more of the same issues they've been trying to expose for years.
Now thanks to smartphones, the pervasive racism present in the daily lives of many BIPOC is being put on blast.
The shooting death of Duante Wright just ten miles from where George Floyd was murdered last May and the assault of an Afro Latino Army officer by a police officer have placed a dark shadow over the past two weeks.
For the unaware, the situation seems to be escalating across the country.
But another recent video exposed how BIPOC are labeled as "others" who are required to justify their presence on public sidewalks by demanding, often violent White people.
You can see the video here where a Black man's address is demanded by a White man and his wife who decided he doesn't belong on the public sidewalk in their neighborhood.
Walking while black. The kind of hate that our black skin attracts is absolutely ridiculous. There are so many… https://t.co/5pbY5O8i09— Khary Penebaker (@Khary Penebaker)1618407523.0
The video captured in Columbia, South Carolina showed 42-year-old Jonathan Pentland, a First Class Sergeant in the United States Army based in Fort Jackson, verbally and physically assaulting a Black man for walking in his neighborhood and speaking to his wife who can be heard in the video repeatedly yelling questions at the Black man.
The man in the video, who is identified only as Deandre, said he lived in the area, but Pentland replied:
"You're in the wrong neighborhood, motherf**ker."
Sgt. Pentland allegedly moved to the neighborhood he and his wife want Deandre to stay out of only 10 months ago.
People were outraged at Pentland and his wife's behavior.
A suspected white supremacist named Jonathan Pentland of Columbia SC, harassed & assaulted a young Black male for s… https://t.co/WWrz7NcDQ5— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸)1618377281.0
Twitter, I’m told this super douche lives in The Summit in Columbia, South Carolina. If you recognize him, please D… https://t.co/FbPxXdLUOB— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1618357954.0
@Angry_Staffer If anyone's curious about #JonathanPentland's claim that he's been living there "A hell of a lot lon… https://t.co/3vyZz1WGIi— Interface 💡 (@Interface 💡)1618376372.0
The Honorable Lloyd Austin III @SecDef , below is a video of Jonathan Pentland, @USArmy, assaulting a citizen. He… https://t.co/0cLhCcbWXe— Nas (@Nas)1618359999.0
During #JimCrow there were actual sidewalk laws put in place to shame and dehumanized Black people. Sometimes I hav… https://t.co/EW3xtak07x— Dr.T.E.Lewis (@Dr.T.E.Lewis)1618376093.0
The video immediately went viral, causing activists to protest in Pentland's neighborhood.
The Fort Jackson Commanding General vowed to "get to the bottom of this ASAP."
1 hour after being tagged in the disturbing video that shows #JonathanPentland assualting a young black man, the… https://t.co/BT6P6WX7AR— Shaye🫀🫖 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 (@Shaye🫀🫖 🇺🇸 🇦🇺)1618369558.0
Black Activists pulled up to the home of racist Army sergeant Jonathan Pentland who assaulted and tried to oust a y… https://t.co/Yvdidiejvd— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1618430604.0
This is right now at the sidewalk outside #JonathanPentland's house where he assaulted a young Black man https://t.co/Z1jeNhfguE— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey)1618438841.0
@davenewworld_2 The "tight knit community" is going to kick that whole family out. https://t.co/7lwwPMarXs— AbnormalNerd (@AbnormalNerd)1618439137.0
@davenewworld_2 “This is what happens when u don’t mind your business and record the evidence.” Best comment on the video.— Mama_C2 🇺🇸 (@Mama_C2 🇺🇸)1618439708.0
As of the evening of April 14, 2021, Pentland was charged with assault.
Sheriff Leon Lott of The Summit, the neighborhood outside Columbia, South Carolina where the incident took place, said the Pentlands' behavior in the video was "terrible" and "unnecessary."
Prosecutors ultimately decided to charge Pentland with third-degree assault and have detained him in Richland County jail. His wife, who only verbally attacked the Black man according to the video, was not charged with any crime.
BREAKING: Jonathan Pentland's mugshot has been released. He's charged with assault and battery >>… https://t.co/yLMBl1DBwg— WIS News 10 (@WIS News 10)1618437192.0
@wis10 What truly disturbs me the most is that he was the solider, and he was supposed to protect us ALL and our de… https://t.co/YqWx9UZBlU— Greg 🏳️🌈🐘🤟🏻💟😷 (@Greg 🏳️🌈🐘🤟🏻💟😷)1618438576.0
@wis10 @JPERGELRWE He needs to do a public apology to that young man and mean it!— Maggie (@Maggie)1618437792.0
@wis10 I suspect he's going to get a dishonorable or a bad conduct discharge. Threw his career away and he'll have… https://t.co/W6HEfwCZ8Q— Robert Connelly (@Robert Connelly)1618437945.0
@wis10 https://t.co/0Sgoa4p92D— Kenny ツ 🥅🏒 🎛🎧 (@Kenny ツ 🥅🏒 🎛🎧)1618441747.0
State Senator Mia McLeod, who represents The Summit in the South Carolina Senate, emphatically condemned the Pentlands' actions as well.
"My sons have a freaking right to live...Another unarmed Black man could be dead today because he was walking in a neighborhood that, I am told, is adjacent to his, doing absolutely nothing."
If Pentland is convicted, he faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.