Jan 3, 2012

This is definitely one of those things you don't see every day. An Iraq war vet took it upon himself to take on a group of guys he felt were being bullies to passengers on the city bus in which he was riding. Instead of being quiet and just taking it like a lot of us do, he decided to stand up and call the men out on their behavior.

Here is how King5.com is reporting the story:

Jim Hardie doesn't really see himself as much of a hero.

"I really don't feel like I have any more value than anybody else,” he said.

He's a family man with an eight-year run in the Marine Corps. But for the last two years he’s been riding the bus in search of a job.

Last week after a full day of searching, Jim sat across from three guys he felt were being disrespectful to everyone on the bus.

But instead of turning the other way, he looked at them and said "Given the nature of what we've gone through with the word n***** it's not appropriate to loosely throw that word around or refer to white women as white b***** and I'd appreciate if they stopped that.”

That's when Jim says the guys focused in on him, arguing - then hitting - before jumping off the bus.

"I put myself at risk to protect everybody,” he said.

"At the end of the day everybody on that bus was safer, at the end of the day good prevailed,” said Jim’s brother Jefferey.

As someone who had to use public transportation during my stint in Washington D.C., I have to admit that I was actually proud to see someone stand up. It is amazing that we've become so cut off from each other that when we see people acting the fool we are hesitant to check them because we are afraid to put ourselves in harms way. People are crazy and not a lot of people feel that standing up for what is right is worth risking their life. I'm sure a lot of people are glad that someone like Jim Hardie had enough. Maybe some other people will begin to have enough and start standing up.

I would love to see some of my brothers stand up when they hear black women being called bitches.

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