Republican Official Under Fire For Calling Black Colleagues N-Word

Republican state senator Frank Artiles gave a public apology April 19, 2017, for using racial slurs and obscene insults in a conversation with African-American colleagues.
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    A Miami senator has found himself in hot water.

    Republican official, Frank Artiles, came under fire last night for using a racial slur in a heated conversation with two African-American colleagues. He reportedly cursed at and belittled Fort Lauderdale senators Perry Thurston and Audrey Gibson at the Tallahassee Governors Club.

    Thurston, who spoke to local network CBS4, said: “It was about some bill and she (Senator Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville) said he cursed at her when I walked away. And I came back and he apologized, but in the midst of the conversation it turned to the leadership of the Republican Party and he referred to them as (N-word),” Thurston said.

    Senator Artiles admitted to the Miami Herald that he allowed his temper to dictate his utterances and that he had apologized to one of the lawmakers. According to CBS4, Artiles also said he’d used the slur because “I’m from Hialeah.” Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in the state of Florida. It has the highest percentage of Cuban-American residents as well as one of the largest Spanish-speaking communities in the in the United States.

    There are calls from state Democratic leaders for Artiles to step down and Senate President Joe Negron was made aware of the incident.

    “I understand that President Negron is allowing Senator Artiles to formally apologize on the Senate floor tomorrow,” Senator Bill Galvano said. “Such comments cannot be repaired by a formal apology, but I trust that it is an appropriate step to be taken by the president and the Florida senate to handle this matter, and to ensure that this behavior is not tolerated and does not happen again.”

    Galvano, who is expected to become Senate president after the 2018 elections added that Gibson “under no circumstances should ever have been spoken to in such a reprehensible manner.”

    Negron issued a statement saying Artiles will apologize on the Florida Senate floor today.

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    • James Wherry

      So when will Muslims come under fire for using the “I” word to refer to non-Muslims? It’s the same sort of negative, prejorative epithet as the “N” word.

      • Diana

        Wow, dumb and dumber all wrapped in one…

        • James Wherry

          So you support discrimination and bigotry by Muslims against non-Muslims?

          Are you aware that in mosques throughout Canada and America, that Muslims at Friday Prayers pray for “victory over the Kafir,” i.e. “Infidels,” i.e. “Christians and Jews?” Should I be praying for victory over Muslims, too? Is that the type of country you support?

          “Muslims Shouldn’t Pray to Defeat Non-Muslims”
          by Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun, January 13, 2015

          Ask Mnar if her own Shi’ite congregation practices this.

          One of the reasons I avoid attending Friday congregations at mosques is a specific ritual supplication uttered by Imams at many mosques in Canada and around the world, just prior to our formal Friday community prayer, the Juma’a.

          In the supplication, the cleric prays to Allah for, among other things, to grant “Muslims victory over the ‘Qawm al-Kafiroon,’” the Arabic phrase that lumps all non-Muslims — Jews, Hindus, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists and Sikhs — into one derogatory category, the “Kuffar”, or non-Muslims.

          This supplication is not obligatory. Not uttering this prayer would in no way adversely affect the holiness or solemnness of the collective community prayer.

          I have long argued with my orthodox and conservative Muslim friends and family that at least when living among non-Muslims, we should avoid praying for their defeat at the hands of Muslims.

          They agree, but it comes down to the challenge: Who will bell the cat?

          Last Friday, the world was still in shock over the Charlie Hebdo massacre when news came that another jihadi terrorist had killed French Jews inside a kosher grocery store in Paris.

          Enough, I said. I decided to ask friends to take the challenge to a local mosque and stand silently with “I am Charlie Hebdo” placards.

          I wanted to encourage Muslims entering the mosque to join those Muslims who renounce jihad, denounce Islamist terror and stand by the right of free expression, even of people who insult our Prophet.

          Only a handful responded to my call.

          Most of my comrades from our life-long struggle against Islamism were terrified and bailed out at the last minute.

          Only the president of the Muslim Canadian Congress, writer Munir Pervaiz, and two Kurdish exiles, Keyvan Soltany and Hadi Elis, braved the snow to stand beside me.

          Inside the mosque, I was hoping that in wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the cleric would have the good sense not to speak about non-Muslims as adversaries or enemies, but my hopes were dashed.

          Far from condemning the acts of terror, the cleric, speaking in English, thundered that Islam “will become established in the land, over all other religions, although the ‘Disbelievers’ (Jews, Christians, Hindus and Atheists) hate that.”

          I could not believe my ears.

          There was no indignation expressed at the taking of Jews as hostages by a French jihadi that morning.

          The imam did ask us Muslims, that in reacting to insults we should take the example of Prophet Muhammad himself and follow in his footsteps.

          The problem with that suggestion is that while there were indeed times when Prophet Muhammad forgave those who mocked him, there were others when he ordered them killed.

          At the end of his “khutba” (sermon), the cleric repeated the ritual praying to Allah to grant Muslims victory over non-Muslims.

          That prayer is: “O Allah, pour patience upon Muslims, strengthen their feet and give them victory over ‘Qawm -el Kafiroon’ (Non-Muslims).

          “O Allah, give victory to our brothers the Muslims, the oppressed, the tyrannized and the ‘Mujahedeen’ (those who fight jihad against non-Muslims)”.

          Then we all stood up in orderly rows, turned towards Mecca and followed the imam as he led us in the ritual prayer that is obligatory for all Muslims.

          As I left, I knew I would not be returning to that mosque again.​

          • Diana

            So you support discrimination and bigotry by Muslims against non-Muslims?

            Absolutely not…This prayer is not for all non-Muslims, it is for all of those who wish to suppress, discriminate and slander Muslims.
            Some people are very good at twisting and turning others words, written or other forms, to conform with their agenda.
            Islam, as we know is a peaceful religion. Salam Alaikoum

            • James Wherry

              No: the prayer is directed against all non-Muslims and the author of the article explains that as a Muslim.

              • Diana

                My Husband is Muslim, so, all of my information is first hand. It seems like the author of this article is not a very reliable source, Maybe you could do more research to prove your point.

                • James Wherry

                  The fact that your husband says one thing does not mean that what the other person said is not true. There is no distinction made in the prayer for victory over the “Kafir” that it only includes those who wish to harm Muslims.

                  But let’s start with the basics: Ask your husband whether I – as a Christian – am “Kafir” or “an Infidel.”

                  As a follow up, please ask him why Omar ordered the expulsion of all Christians and Jews from the Hijaz, what is essentially modern Sa’udi Arabia.

    • jimrussell

      Business as usual, it’s who they are. Just another in a long, long line of constant insincere hollow Republican racist
      officials apologizes. Anyone that doesn’t know and understand the Republican Party is the refuge of the nations intolerant hasn’t been paying attention for over half a century

      • James Wherry

        Apparently there are other refuges for the nation’s intolerance. . .