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DEC Chair Susan McGrath: 'The Uhurus are Domestic Terrorists!'

July 13, 2017 - 4:45pm

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.

Susan McGrath
Susan McGrath

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.

Why?

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?

Det. George Lofton
Det. George Lofton

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


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"Thugs".. the new "N" word use as an equal replacement in all meaning and infliction. Anyone who uses it may as well just dust off their white pointy hood and wear it proudly because it's painfully obvious that you are part of that klan.

Looks like democrats need to learn the definition of domestic terrorist!

Anytime Leslie stands up for someone something, you have to take a closer look........No, they are not terrorists............ The Uhuru Movement came to national attention in the United States during the 2008 Presidential campaign season when they interrupted Barack Obama at a town hall meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, and questioned the candidate, asking "What about the black community?" alleging that he was not speaking out for Africans on issues such as police brutality, high unemployment, predatory lending, and Hurricane Katrina.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> In 2004, Uhuru Movement's leader Omali Yeshitela was embroiled in an incident in which he tore down a Halloween display in St. Petersburg that depicted "a stuffed figure hung by the neck on a homemade gallows". Subsequent opinions and letters to the St. Petersburg Times regarding the incident were critical of both the Uhuru Movement and Yeshitela's conduct>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Uhuru Movement was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for engaging in demonstrations on January 3, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida which the ADL claims encouraged anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rallies. >>>>>>>> In 2009, the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement organized a march in support of Lovelle Mixon and against the Oakland police. Mixon was an Oakland, California, resident who was accused of killing four Oakland police officers and died during a shoot out after a traffic stop, coincidentally just blocks away from the local Uhuru headquarters. On the other hand, many black Oaklanders, as well as those belonging to other racial groups, seemed largely opposed to such sentiments, a clear majority of those who regularly campaign against abuses of police power also rejected any attempt to attach legitimacy to Mixon's murder rampage and Caroline Mixon, a cousin of Lovelle Mixon, paid a public tribute to the Oakland police, thanking them for serving and protecting the people of Oakland. >>>>>>>>> At the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, the General Students' Committee (AStA) broke apart in April 2015 as a consequence of internal dispute over purported antisemitism after having organized an Information event about the Uhuru Movement on JGU campus in January. Preceding this event, Yeshitela had delivered a speech about "the roots of racism and Zionism", and speaking of the Shoah as "this thing they call the 'Holocaust' […] a tool, a weapon against oppressed people everywhere".[citation needed] >>>>>>>> The AStA distanced itself both from the Uhuru Movement, African People's Socialist Party and its leader Omali Yeshitela stating that "the struggle against racism and the consequences of colonialism should not blind us to other reactionary ideologies" and regretted providing a platform for this movement. >>>>>>> Wikipedia

So you wrote all of that just to basically say the people aren't domestic Terrorists. Crawl back under your rick, mangy Diane.

If Diane were trying to defend the Uhurus, she did a piss-poor job. I think you need to read her comments maybe three more times to get it. She is definitely stating that the Uhurus are bad people even if not terrorists.

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