Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee chair and Rick Kriseman campaign supporter Susan McGrath has labeled the International People's Democratic Uhuru movement a terrorist organization.
In a Facebook conversation between McGrath and St. Petersburg Police Department Detective George Lofton, Lofton asked, "When are people going to wake up and see the Uhurus for what they are: domestic terrorists"?
Susan McGrath responded, "That's exactly what they were tonight..."
(See a screenshot of the Facebook exchange reproduced on this page.)
Does the St. Petersburg Police Department know something that we should know? Is the SPPD working in tandem with the FBI currently?
All I know is, I wouldn't want to be a member of the Uhuru movement and have any type of interaction Detective Lofton.
With the rash of killings of unarmed black men by police, any confrontation between the Uhurus and Lofton would not end well at all.
You are guilty already, based on his social media post. You are "dangerous".
Susan McGrath concurring with this statement shows why Democrats are in a dog fight for the black vote in the St. Petersburg mayor's race.
They want the black vote, but they don't want the black voice!
The only black people McGrath has use for are ones who toe her line.
This isn't the first time McGrath has attempted to control the black community.
When the St. Petersburg chapter of the National Council of Negro Women invited Jamal Bryant to speak at their annual MLK Breakfast, it was Susan McGrath who decided Bryant should be uninvited.
She made it her mission to have him uninvited. She wanted to protest his speech. Did that make her a domestic terrorist?
Bryant spoke anyway.
In another Facebook post, McGrath said black people should behave in a respectful manner like Martin Luther King Jr. or John Lewis.
Well, Susan, Martin Luther King Jr. was respectfully murdered and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. respectfully had his brains beaten in!
Black people have had to deal with disparaging labels for a while now.
Susan and George have added "domestic terrorist" to the list.
Because the Uhurus aren't "behaving".
Since when is disrupting a debate forum domestic terrorism?
Since when is vocally supporting one's candidate domestic terrorism?
The way the Uhurus are exercising their first amendment right may not be the way Susan and George choose to do so, but that doesn't make them domestic terrorists.
In this day and age, throwing that term around is what is dangerous, especially coming from a law enforcement official and someone who is serving in the capacity as the leader of the Democratic Party in that area.
Susan McGrath has been working very closely with the Rick Kriseman campaign. Is that how Kriseman feels about the Uhurus?
What does Chief Holloway think? Is there an ongoing investigation that would lead an SPPD detective to publicly declare the Uhurus a domestic terrorist organization?
Inquiring minds want to know ...
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1