MT. LAUREL, N.J. — A Black New Jersey man who endured racist slurs caught on video last week is serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Etchu Tanyoh Brandon Tambe said Wednesday in an interview that the interaction has reinforced the need for more discussion about race in America.
Tambe, who is Black, was seen in a video Friday arguing with a white man who uses racist epithets at him and other neighbors.
The white man, Edward C. Mathews, was later arrested and faces harassment and disorderly conduct charges, according to police documents.
Tambe said he moved to the U.S. in 2017 from Cameroon, becoming a citizen in 2019. He says America is home and he wants to make it a better place.
A six-minute video of the explosive interaction quickly went viral online. Over the course of the video, Matthews, 45, uses multiple racial slurs and calls a Black man a “monkey” and a “dumb, ignorant n—-r.”
“Learn your laws. This is not Africa,” he can be seen saying on the video.
Before he left, Matthews shouted his address to the person filming and told anyone watching to come see him.
Protesters gathered at his home on Monday.
As officers escorted Matthews from his home Monday, crowds of protesters shouted and threw objects, NJ.com reported.
“Now, what I did was not acceptable. It’s completely wrong,” Mathews is seen saying in another video filmed by a protester on Monday before his arrest.
Police charged Matthews with harassment and biased intimidation. Officials said they were “actively investigating other incidents involving” Matthews.
“The Mount Laurel Police Department does not tolerate hate or bias intimidation in any form,” police said. “This type of behavior is totally unacceptable. We can assure our residents that incidents like this are thoroughly investigated and that those who commit such offenses will be held accountable for their actions.”
On Monday evening, prosecutors said at a press conference that they were bringing new charges against Mathews based on additional video footage, but did not say what the new charges were.