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You would think that in this day and age racism would be a thing of the past, but unfortunately, it is clear that hate and prejudice still abound in the hearts of many people around the globe.

It can be disheartening to see, and it sometimes feels like such an insurmountable problem that it is impossible to tackle.

While it might not be possible to immediately irradicate racism around the globe, we can do our part to speak out when we see it and, in a small way, make the world a better place.

That’s exactly what Jarred Wall did when he overheard some women talking while he was at lunch.

Jarred is an Australian who is aboriginal. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of prejudice against aboriginals in Australia and, as Jarred listened, the two elderly women said a lot of things that had his ears burning.

“Food was great but to our misfortune we inadvertently heard two elderly ladies, seated next to us, chatting about aboriginals,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “The conversation was less than distasteful with words like assimilation thrown around willy nilly.”

Assimilation refers to policies the Australian government had in place up until the 1960s that attempted to eliminate the indigenous people entirely. “Full-blood” aboriginals would be allowed to die out in a process of natural elimination, and “half-castes” – a derogatory term for people of both indigenous and white parentage – were encouraged to assimilate into the white culture, in the process destroying any links to their aboriginal heritage.

The practice was horrible, distasteful, and cruel – the epitome of racist hatred. And while the country has come a long way from those days, it is obvious there are still many people holding onto those racist ideas.

When Jarred heard what the women were saying, he was deeply wounded, but he decided that instead of unleashing a “tirade of abuse” on the women, he would be the better person and repay their hurtful words with kindness.

He purchased a pot of tea for the women and then left them a note on the receipt.

“Enjoy the tea!” he wrote. “Compliments of the 2 aboriginals sitting next to you on table 26. :)”

Jarred said he didn’t want to embarrass the women – he just wanted to do something that would make them stop and think and hopefully help change their way of thinking.

“They were elderly ladies, I didn’t want to humiliate anyone or cause conflict,” he said.

Since Jarred posted his story, it has been shared thousands of times and many people have written to say how impressed they were with the way he handled the difficult situation.

What Jarred did that day may have been a small thing, but its effect has been felt all over the world and his act has touched thousands of lives as a result.

Jarred said he just hopes that what he did will help those ladies – and everyone else who hears the story – let go of their hate and learn to treat everyone with kindness and respect.

“Maybe these ladies will be a little wiser and think before they speak,” Jarred wrote. “Hopefully

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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