Students from Flint, Michigan had an unfortunate run in with racists during a recent college tour trip. On their way back to Michigan from Florida, their tour bus had mechanical issues and they had to stay at an Econo Lodge motel in Live Oak, Florida.
“It was owned by white people. And they started taking pictures of all the kids as we were walking in and out of the hotel,” said student Melissa Blacque.
“I heard one of the ladies, she said, ‘If i see one more of them, I’m calling the law,'” Odum said.
Blacque says the students were peaceful, but felt uncomfortable at the hotel.
“They were calling us the N word and called Blake the N word. We were just like ‘whoa,'” Blacque said.
In a report to ABC12, Odum said they eventually called the police just to make sure they were safe.
“The officer pulled me to the side and said, ‘You know, I just want to let you know this area right off the interstate, people aren’t too accommodating to you all.’ And he said, ‘If you know what I mean.’ I said, ‘Black people?’ And he said, ‘Yeah,'” Odum said.
The next morning as they were trying to check out, that’s when they heard the manager call them the ‘n’ word.
“‘We’re going to get these N****rs off our property.’ And I was blown back by that,” Odum said.
“To hear it come from an adult directly at children and then to our adviser in front of us was just like, ‘wow,” Blacque said.
Odum says they plan on taking legal action and have already called the hotel’s corporate headquarters.