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Kansas Man Kicks Black Toddler, Shouts Racial Slurs in Grocery Store

When Trace Riff tried to leave after attacking the child, another customer tackled him.


At the Dillons supermarket in Wichita, Kan., Trace Riff, age 31, kicked a one-year-old Black boy in a racially motivated attack.

"We were barely in the store and [Riff] kicked him in his back," Lashantai Whitaker, mother of the toddler, told KWCH on Wednesday. "All I heard was a loud thud and my daughter screaming."

The incident happened on Sunday morning. The Wichita Police Department, describing Trace's actions as a "racially motivated bias crime," said he kicked the child while yelling obscenities and racial slurs.

When Riff tried to leave the store, another customer tackled him. As police arrived customers were holding him on the ground. He was arrested for "battery that was bias and racially motivated and resisting arrest."

Whitaker said her son was not seriously injured, but Trace could have gravely hurt him.

"What grown person, I mean, even if you do have that much hate for someone,... I mean, why would you attack a baby?" she said.

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. According to, the population is 75.3 percent white, 11.2 percent Black, 16.7 percent Latino, 5 percent Asian and less than 1 percent American Indian. The median household income is $48,982.

This year, Wichita was one of six cities participating in The National League of Cites' Racial Equity and Racial Healing Technical Assistance Initiative. NLC said the initiative assists city leaders in identifying the impacts of institutional racism in their community's policies and practices, and how to take action to address it.

In April, a Wichita Collegiate high school student Gehad Qaki, who is Muslim, had a racist experience on the tennis court.

The Conversation (10)
Shugar27 Dec, 2018

I guess if someone would’ve returned the same action to him they would’ve been wrong. I am so sick of this hatred and it is being fueled by the president of these United States. He is not solely to blame but he is responsible for the part he plays each time he speaks something filled with rage.

What on earth did a child do to deserve this, he could have seriously injured or killed that baby. I’m so sick of it ALL!!

Clarissa Murphy27 Dec, 2018

I’m sorry to hear that a grown ass moron thought it was okay to kick a child. However, it’s pleasing to hear that a bystander tackle the racist pig 🐷.

Ricardo Jennings30 Dec, 2018

the same mouth that said that is the same mouth that should be broken.

SanmiFalae@gmail.com27 Dec, 2018

That child is psychologically damaged for ever.

Pamela Ryals27 Dec, 2018

Only two charges for that? Mmmmm

Kathryn O'Brien28 Dec, 2018

Sounds like he could be mentally unstable. I am guessing, of course. When you have an impaired President getting constant TV time, his poison is viewed by anyone within earshot.

Alpha Whitaker28 Dec, 2018

Poor baby! Bless her and her mother! Thank God for those really good people that held that demon to face justice!!!! THIS is the hate we've been speaking of! It's been a long problem! Our women and children are NOT your punching bags!!!! What a horrible person!

votetocorrect27 Dec, 2018
Trace needs to face attempted murder Hate Crime charges!

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The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant and coaches Kevin Murakami and Carley Fine

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Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

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King has been stripped of his committee assignments, but is it too little, too late?


U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee assignments in Congress by House Republicans on Monday evening. It seems the backlash from King's recent remarks on white supremacy and white nationalism finally caused the Republican Party to take action. But why are Republicans now outraged when King has been sharing his racist beliefs for years?

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