A black motorist is going viral after flipping out at Black Lives Matter protesters who blocked a Texas highway — getting them to let him through after screaming, “I gotta go to work!”
The unidentified motorist was filmed getting out of his pickup after a group of mostly white protesters blocked Austin’s I-35 late Saturday.
“Hey look, I understand the cause, I appreciate it — but I gotta go to work!” he told the group after getting out on the highway.
“I’m black — I gotta go to work! I got bills. I got kids. Get the f–k out my way!” he yelled as one of the protest leaders approached him.
The protesters — who moments earlier had been chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” — quickly parted, with several shouting to make sure the motorist was allowed through.
Other cars were still blocked, however, as a line of protesters was seen reforming and stretching across the highway.
The confrontation came amid rising tensions in Austin a week after the shooting death of armed protester Garrett Foster after he allegedly confronted a driver while holding an AK-47.
Heavily armed members of right-wing militia groups, including the Three Percenters and the Boogaloo Boys, appeared near Foster’s memorial, according to DailyMail.com.
Austin’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) had earlier said it was bringing in extra law enforcement support amid reports of plans to disrupt the Black Lives Matter protests, KXAN reported.
“DPS supports the right of individuals to lawfully protest, and public safety is our top priority,” the agency said.
“Therefore, DPS will be increasing our presence this weekend, along with our local law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety needs are met and to combat any potential criminal activity.”