On Monday, as a crowd of supporters gathered inside the campaign headquarters of Zena Stephens, an African-American woman who is running for Sheriff of Jefferson County, Texas, a man opened fire on the building.
According to local CBS affiliate KFDM, witnesses say a white man fired shouted ‘fucking niggers,’ before opening fire from the passenger side of a white jeep.
No one was injured during the attack, but the glass doors leading into Stephens campaign headquarters were shattered. Stephens said the weapon appeared to be either a BB gun or an air rifle.
Someone from Stephens’ campaign headquarters followed the vehicle, helping police to locate and apprehend the suspects.
Five people have been detained in connection with the incident.
During an interview with KFDM, Stephens referred to the attack ‘an example of ignorance.’
“Whether we’re getting ready for an election or not,” the candidate said, “it’s just an example of ignorance. Anytime you try to hurt somebody … it’s just ignorance.”
Here’s more on the story from KFDM.
This is a clear case of voter intimidation. Whomever fired that shot should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
The words the shooter, reported as either “fucking niggers,” or “fuck them niggers,” leave no room for doubt as to whether or not this was a racially-motivated hate crime.
Ahead of Super Tuesday, white supremacists began placing robocalls supporting Donald Trump, claiming that whites in the U.S. and Europe are under attack from people of color.
After the candidate refused to call the Ku Klux Klan a hate group earlier this week, Trump’s son stumped for him on Fox and Friends, where he offered to pay to ship Black people out of the country.
Trump’s almost singular message, that non-whites are responsible for all of the problems facing his narrow-minded, bigoted supporters, has done nothing to make America great again.
As everyone with a conscience and a soul has been saying for months, Trump’s message is making America hate again.
The right-wing is ‘taking America back,’ alright. They’re taking the country back to the days of Jim Crow, and racially motivated voter suppression and voter intimidation.
Featured image via video screen capture KFDM