Edward Mathews, a resident of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, was recently sentenced to eight years in prison after he was caught on video hurling racial slurs at his Black neighbors in July 2021. The video went viral on social media, sparking outrage and condemnation from people across the country. Mathews’ actions were widely seen as a blatant display of racism and bigotry, and many called for him to be held accountable for his behavior.
Following his arrest, Mathews was charged with four counts of bias intimidation, harassment, criminal mischief, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and stalking. He later pled guilty to all charges as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The sentencing was welcomed by many as a sign that hate crimes and racist behavior will not be tolerated in our society.
The case of Edward Mathews is just one example of the ongoing problem of racism and bigotry in our country. Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, incidents like this show that there is still much work to be done to create a more just and equitable society for all. It is up to all of us to stand up against hate and intolerance and work together to build a better future.
The case of Edward Mathews serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up against racism and bigotry in all its forms. While his actions were reprehensible, the fact that he was held accountable for them is a positive step forward. We must continue to work together to create a more just and equitable society for all, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect