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Florida’s legislature is in turmoil over Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropping the N-word to Black colleagues in a private conversation and using other profanities about fellow lawmakers, the Miami Herald reports.

From The Herald:

Over drinks after 10 p.m. at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because “six ni**ers” in the Republican caucus had elected him.

Artiles later told Gibson and Thurston that he’d used the word “ni**as,” suggesting the slang term was not meant to be insulting, Gibson and Thurston said. It’s unclear whom Artiles was referring to, since the only Black senators in the state Senate are all Democrats — and none of them backed Negron’s bid to lead the chamber.

Artiles apologized after getting reported to Republican leaders and the media found out about the incident.

“In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate, I unfortunately let my temper get the best of me. There is no excuse for the exchange that occurred and I have apologized to my Senate colleagues and regret the incident profusely,” he said in a statement.

The Republican Senate president was largely silent about the explosive situation until he felt pressured to address it publicly, the newspaper said.

“Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate president,” Negron said, according to The Herald. He added that Artiles will apologize to Gibson Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Party called on Artiles to resign, and the legislature’s Democratic Black Caucus scheduled an emergency meeting.

SOURCE:  Miami Herald


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46 thoughts on “White Florida GOP Lawmaker Under Fire For Dropping N-Word In Racist & Sexist Rant

  1. Marisol Velez on said:

    Check the history and you will find that white based EVERYTHING on race. You have no room to call anyone racist. You people have victimized every race on earth.

  2. queenrgb on said:

    Why is it that every time someone uses the N word they justify by talking about the lyrics in rap music? For everyone’s information not all black people like rap music and we don’t all walk around calling each other the N word. Stop lumping everyone together we are all different with different views and opinions.

    • Marisol Velez on said:

      Blacks didn’t make up the word, you people did. It’s funny how white people used the n word so casually but get all sensitive when others say it. Is it because you’re not comfortable with hearing the word outside your family or circle of friends?

  3. Really on said:

    Hate to tell the congressman that if he is of Spanish decent or what minority group the white man does not have any respect for him either and I’m sure have a few racist names for him and his kind.

  4. He’s from Miami, nothing but racist Cubans, WHAT’S IN THE HEART, WILL COME OUT THE MOUTH! and that’s what they call blacks on a daily in miami, he’s not sorry @ all about his comments, it’s stories to told about the racism in Miami.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Well that’s no surprise, FL is the Jim Crow Law state. Cubans should be the last people to be racists though.

  5. Since he is Cuban not white it couldn’t have been racist after all we say “you ma n**ga” all time time and lets not mention Rapp music

  6. specialt757 on said:

    “…get into your thick skull, President Donald J. Trump is not going any where.” Famous last words. Jose’ said those same words about Bill O’reilly last week.

  7. specialt757 on said:

    Speaking of masters on plantations, I guess you don’t consider yourself a slave to the GOP racist rhetoric, practices and policies huh? You see you as one of the good ole boys except you’re broke and these rich fools won’t allow you to shine their shoes or eat at the same dinner table as them. If anyone needs to get off the plantation, it’s your broke ass, y’alls free now.

  8. Chris on said:

    Nigel, if you’re going to just copy and paste, do it right, be sure to get the relevant parts. The headline says “sexist rant.” Where in “your” article is there any reference to sexism?

    • specialt757 on said:

      “…“Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate president,” Negron said,”
      can you read? Maybe he was referencing the quote by Negron.

      • Diane on said:

        Oh snap!! Specialt left Chrissy speechless. You go girl!! He’s always talking that plantation shit. I wish he would get off this website.

      • I was pointing out the piss poor copying and pasting by the “author.” Please point out in this article any sexist comments. You can’t because Nigel can’t copy and paste a simple article from the Miami Herald. I read the MH article in its entirety, you didn’t.

      • Diane, I aint going anywhere until I convince you to step through the gates of the leftist plantation.

  9. Diane on said:

    Here we go again. Same shit, different day. Enough with the “fake apology”. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. Period!!!

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      What’s killing, is that, this klansman is an elected official and could probably win re-election! Florida is still the bloody south despite the great weather!

  10. specialt757 on said:

    Now this aint got nothing to do with this article, (but since they are both white racists), I sure will be glad when Fox announces the firing of bill o’reilly, I got to get my “happy dance” on. I know Aunt Max has already perfected hers and can’t wait to get jiggy wit’ it lol
    One old rich white sexual predator down, one orange child-in-chief to go.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Okay just got the news…HE’S OUT! Alright somebody put on “I’m your Boogie Man” by KC and the Sunshine band. I’m jammin’ LOL!!!!

      • Chris on said:

        Yay, he’s gone. Now what? You never watched him, you didn’t care, you just took the cues from your plantation masters. When are you gonna get into your thick skull, President Donald J. Trump is not going any where.

      • @chris
        spoken like a true fan of the racist o’reilly, I’m pretty sure you’re one of the many racist viewers he still has left.
        Now instead of you saying what a despicable human being he is, you’re telling me, I take clues from my plantation masters. You are probably part of the pack who condemn Dr. Cosby for the sexual allegations he face(s) but will tip your hat to this sexual predator Bill O’reilly because you two share the same racist DNA, you’re born with it.

      • specialt757 on said:

        You watched as B.O. condemned Pepsi because they used Ludacris in their ads, and was solely instrumental in them dropping Luda. Well again, see that hole he dug, it’s the same one he fell into. But here’s the problem with Amerikkka, his racist ass will be on another show, somewhere spewing this same BS, because one thing about Amerikka, they love their racists.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        13 Million dollars and he’s still out!!! This is so…… so…. touching?

  11. Happens all the time white republicans drop the n word and then want to apologize when they get caught if no one would have turned him in he wouldn’t have thought 2 seconds to say I apologize

  12. He needs to go. I can’t even converse with people who use name calling and profanity to express their points of view. How is anyone supposed to have an intelligent conversation with a lawmaker who can’t get his point across without sounding like an uneducated moron? Not only has he shown his complete ignorance and lack of class, the man has put his pathetic character on display for everyone to see. As Ms Angelou once said, when someone shows you who they are, believe them.

  13. Another Racist GOP POS!!!!!!
    Artiles needs to RESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the age of Chump-some folks are really getting out of hand!!!!!!!
    Time to put them in THEIR PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. specialt757 on said:

    Oh my, tell us how you really feel Artiles lol!
    Boy seems like the real you comes out when you had a few drinks at the Governor’s gentlemen’s club lol. And it seems to all come from Republicans…imagine that. They always have to make fake ass public apologies. No need to apologize for those statements. It never fails though, what’s done in the dark pits of hell at the GOP governors club always comes to light.

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