Ibn Ali Miller is being hailed as a hero for breaking up a street fight in Atlantic City, but he said it wasn’t a unique thing.
“It’s sad to say, but it’s not the first fight I broke up and it’s probably not the last,” Miller, 26, told the Press of Atlantic City. “You can’t pick that ‘today, I’m gonna stop some kids from fighting’, but God does what he wills.”
A Facebook video that has been viewed more than 31 million times shows two teenagers in a street corner scrap with other teens around them watching. But during the fracas Miller steps between them and drops truth and wisdom on the boys like an elder.
“Y’all almost men,” he said to them. “Y’all ain’t kids no more…start acting it…Y’all got parents, don’t make your parents look like this.”
After his talk, he makes the two beefing teens, who he has managed to calm down, shake hands.
After the video went viral, people across social media and the traditional media congratulated him for having the courage to step up. Miller a student and a married father of five said he was on a break from a class when he came across the scrapping teens. “That scene that went down, that happens a lot in Atlantic City, and these kids are too young,” he said. He said he was happy that the teens responded the way they did. “It’s a great thing to have the youth listen like that,” Miller said. “That doesn’t always happen. Those young men impressed me.”
He became emotional at a commendation ceremony during a city council meeting, thanking his mother who punished him when he would misbehave as a youth by making him read. “My mother stuck by me,” he said as his mother, Sabrina Winters wiped away his tears. “My mother aided me. My mother supported me.”
He said the “whole situation deeply saddens me” because people thought the video footage was “unbelievable. This should be very believable. This should be a norm and it should be regular.” He also thanked the parents of the two young men who were fighting. Both of them appeared with him at the commendation.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James tweeted his congratulations to Miller which others followed.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 21, 2017
Miller also won praise from Atlantic City’s mayor Don Guardian.
“A dozen positive lessons could be taught from that four minute video alone,” he said in a statement. “He fearlessly spoke so much truth to those young kids. We need more adults in the world that are willing to step in to help pull back our youth from the edge.”