WICHITA, Kansas – An investigation is underway after two Wichita State students say they were attacked over the weekend by a man yelling racial slurs and Donald Trump’s name.
Khondoker Usama and his friend say the man first yelled racial slurs at another Kwik Shop customer before things escalated and he approached the two students, hitting and leaving injuries on Usama’s friend.
Now Usama says he’s ready for change.
“I kind of felt like if I do not speak up then who would do that?” he said.
He believes his position as vice president of student government at WSU gives him a voice that others may not have.
So, he’s speaking out about what happened to him and his friend early Saturday morning while they were getting gas at a Kwik Shop near campus.
“He was circling around saying, “Trump, Trump, Trump. We’ll make America great again. You guys are losers,” Usama said.
According the police report, the man kicked the students’ car, leaving “minor damage” and then hit one of the students.
“(My friend) was bleeding from the teeth and there were some bruises on his face,” Usama said.
Earlier today, WSU President John Bardo released a statement saying, “Wichita State University stands with the majority of Kansans in condemning all acts of anger and violence motivated by racism and intolerance.”
“It’s an eye-opening situation not just because it was a race-motivated assault but it was also an eye-opener for people concerned about the safety and security of the students,” Usama said.
The allegations also prompted the Kansas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to speak out in a press conference held Monday.
“We call upon our other political leaders and other community leaders to denounce this hatred and make it clear that it has no place in this society and will not be tolerated by us,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, the board chairman for CAIR.
“There are common values and common grounds out there, which we need to you know, pursue and we need to be united,” Usama said.
The suspect in the case is still at-large as Wichita police continue to investigate the situation.
KSN did ask to see video surveillance from that evening, but were told that it won’t be released until after the investigation is closed.