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August 24, 2011
For Immediate Release
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Civil Rights Leaders Call for Tea Party Officials to Oust South Carolina Party Official for Threatening “Joke” Against President and Michelle Obama
Sumter County Tea Party leaders Email Addresses Released
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and a coalition of civil rights leaders on Tuesday, August 23 called on National Tea Party Leaders and Sumter County, South Carolina Tea Party officials to demand the immediate resignation of Sumter County Chairperson Shery Lanford Smith. Smith posted a widely circulated Facebook “joke” that called for throwing President and Michelle Obama out of a plane.
Though the posting was pulled from Facebook, Smith did not apologize and still remains the chair of the Sumter County Party. A joke that calls for bodily harm to the President is an implied threat against the president, and must be treated as a serious offense.
The contact information and email addresses of Sumter County Tea Party officials were posted for action.
“The Tea Party claims its movement is not racist and does not encourage violent acts willfully or otherwise against President Obama,” says Hutchinson, “Tea Party officials can prove that by immediately demanding the resignation of Smith.”
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Black Ministerial Alliance
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National Action Network West Coast
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