Baltimore Resident: These Kids Need To Get Their Butts Home And Study; I'm Not Black, I'm An American

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While covering the riots in Baltimore, CNN's Joe Johns caught up with a man securing his neighborhood from agitators. The man, a Vietnam War vet, said the young rioters need to "have their butts home" and be "studying."

The man, identified as Robert Valentine, is black but said he does not consider himself "black, white, red, yellow, or nothing," but an American.

"I did 30 years, okay, came out a Master Sergeant," Valentine told CNN's Joe Johns. "I've seen more than all this. I've been through the riots already. This right here is not relevant. They need to have their butts at home. They need to be in their home units with their families studying and doing something with their life. Not out here protesting about something that is not really about nothing."

"They do not respect this young man's death. You know. Now, mama and daddy lost a child. That could be them. So I'm very pissed," Valentine also said.

"I love my country," Valentine said. "I love my Charm City. I'm an American. I'm not black, white, red, yellow or nothing. I am American."

JOE JOHNS, CNN: Sir, who are you?

BALTIMORE RESIDENT, VETERAN: Just a soldier.

JOHNS: And you sort of took it upon yourself to tell those young people to go away.

VETERAN: Yes.

JOHNS: Aren't you a little bit concerned about your own safety? I mean, there is a lot of bottles and rocks and things --

VETERAN: I did 30 years, okay, came out a Master Sergeant. I've seen more than all this. I've been through the riots already. This right here is not relevant. They need to have their butts at home. They need to be in their home units with their families studying and doing something with their life. Not out here protesting about something that is not really about nothing. They do not respect this young man's death. You know. Now, mama and daddy lost a child. That could be them. So I'm very pissed.

JOHNS: So what's your name?

VETERAN: Valentine.

JOHNS: And your first name?

VETERAN: Robert.

JOHNS: Robert Valentine. And you're a Vietnam vet?

VETERAN: Yes.

JOHNS: And you just decided to come out here and stand up against these guys?

VETERAN: Yes.

JOHNS: You know, a lot of people would think twice, wouldn't they?

VETERAN: I love my country. I love my Charm City. I'm an American. I'm not black, white, red, yellow or nothing. I am American.

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