A Republican candidate for mayor in Florida is facing serious backlash for telling the supporters of his opponent to “go back to Africa” during a debate on Tuesday.
According to The Washington Post, Paul Congemi, a white man who is in the mayoral race for St. Petersburg, fired back at his white campaign opponent Jesse Nevel, who centered his campaign calling for government reparations for African-Americans.
“The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. 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. Go back to Africa. Go back to Africa. Go back!”
Nevel’s campaign slogan is “Unity Through Reparations.” He is backed by a group called the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which pushes for reparations as a way to alleviate racial inequality.
The group also calls for solutions to racially charged issues in society, such as gentrification and police brutality.
Congemi told the Post that he believes his rival is “obviously” a “self-hating white man” for his policies, adding that he has “nothing against African Americans who are doing their best here in America.”
Congemi added that he had been a lifelong Democrat until former President Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage prompting him to switch political parties. He said he is also a supporter of Donald Trump.
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