Barry Allen became a viral sensation after he ended a racist rant with a can of Twisted Tea. He is the father of five, known as “TeaKO” or the “Twisted Tea Guy,” told he is grateful for the support he’s received and hopes to see a continuation of positive change in the country.
“By the time my kids are adults – even teenagers – I don’t want them to be afraid of anything happening to them because of the color of their skin. It’s not fair,” he told. “Hopefully by the time they’re teenagers, they won’t have to worry about that. It’s a beautiful country and the country is already changing.”
He is 30 years old.
Barry Allen Says Time to End to the ‘N-Word’
A video posted on Twitter on December 24 went viral, which showed a white man shouting and using racial slurs at Circle K in Elyria, Ohio. Allen said he asked the man to stop using the “n-word,” but he continued saying it. Allen dropped a can of Twisted Tea and the man kicked at it, saying “smack me with it.” Allen hit the man, knocking him off his feet.
Allen said he noticed the white man in the video, who has not been named, quickly when he walked into the Circle K. He said he seemed severely intoxicated, and he could smell alcohol on him.
“He was actually really intoxicated. You could smell the beer reeking off of him before I got too close to him,” he said.
The other man was using the “n-word,” against two employees, who were black, before the video started. He could tell the employees were uncomfortable, but that they were unable to confront him since they were working. He hoped the man would leave before he got to the register.
“When I got my stuff and got to the register, he was still going,” he said.
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Allen asked the man to stop using the word, and he continued to say it.
“He said he could say whatever he wants. He said he’s from the hood.”
The altercation escalated further when the man said “F*** yo momma.” Allen said his mother died the day after Christmas two years ago.
“So that was still a touchy thing to me,” he said.
At that point, he said he wanted to fight the man but was restraining himself. Then he dropped the can of tea and the man kicked it.
Allen’s 7-year-old son, Silas, has a medical condition called malrotation, which was discovered when he was 4 months old.
“My 7-year-old son was born with all of his organs in the wrong place,” Allen said. “When they put them in the right place, a lot of things didn’t wake up the way they were supposed to.”
To everyone showing love and support to our little guy it means the world to us. I am new to Twitter so I’m not skipping anyways replies just lost ?
Over the summer, a person in Massachusetts made him an adaptive bicycle. State troopers in each state delivered the bike to the family in Ohio and recorded it on video.
“That gave us such an unbelievable moment,” he said.
After that, his wife’s friend started a GoFundMe to raise money for the family to buy a wheelchair van. You can donate to the fundraiser here.
Allen said the van would make it much easier to take Silas to appointments and to fit the family of seven into one vehicle.
Silas thanked everyone for their support in a video posted on Twitter.