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Jose Torres (Left) Kayla Norton 

You may have heard about a horrible story about a black child’s birthday party that was interrupted by racism. Like, literally. Actually interrupted by racism.

A woman shared videos on Facebook that shows seven trucks leaving her property, where they were parked. The birthday party was taking place at a residence near the field of the woman who shared the video, according to The Atlanta Constitution.

The woman who shared the video told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the passengers of the trucks were armed and threatened to, “kill y’all (N-words).”

“This is a child’s birthday party,” a woman said in the video, which showed police ushering the trucks away from the area.

At the time there was a supposed “difference” in story depending on which party you spoke with. The confederate flag truck drivers claimed rocks were thrown at them, which is why they clearly needed to start screaming “nigger” at the folks at the children’s birthday party.

But then …

As the defendants wept uncontrollably, a Douglas County judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their part in disrupting an African-American birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats in 2015.

Superior Court Judge William McClain castigated the two, Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, for perpetrating what he called a hate crime.

He sentenced Torres to 20 years, with 13 to serve in prison; Norton was given 15 years, with six to serve. Upon their release, McClain ordered them to be permanently banished from Douglas County.

“Their actions were motivated by racial hatred,” said McClain.

Perhaps when driving around with the flag of the confederacy, maybe you don’t stop to yell racial slurs at a kid’s birthday party. I know this is America so it seemed like a reasonable thing to do but it’s not. I will fully admit I’m surprised that they charged anyone with this hate crime but on occasion justice actually happens.

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