St. Pete Mayoral Candidate In Hot Water After Racial Comments Towards Audience Members At Forum
By Fox News // July 20, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: A forum about opportunities for youth in St. Petersburg, Fla. turned racial when long-shot mayoral candidate Paul Congemi lashed out at an opponent’s supporters.
(FOX NEWS) – A forum about opportunities for youth in St. Petersburg, Fla. turned racial when long-shot mayoral candidate Paul Congemi lashed out at an opponent’s supporters.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement has backed Jesse Nevel as he has expressed support for its effort to create reparations for slavery.
“Mr. Nevel, you and your people, you talk about reparations. The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations,” Congemi said, pointing a finger at the audience. “Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama.”
“My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport,” Congemi continued. “Go back to Africa. Go back to Africa. Go back!”
“Get out of here!” a woman in the audience could be heard repeatedly saying.
Congemi wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times, “My remark was meant for the group Mr. Nevel represents. Not all African Americans. Just those that Nevel represents.”
Once a lifelong Democrat, Congemi became a Republican after Barack Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage, he told The Washington Post.
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