U.S. mayoral candidate tells protesters to 'go back to Africa'

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

Nevel, 27, the national chair of the movement, announced his candidacy in March saying he would run on a platform of reparations to the African community.

"Mr. Nevel, you and your people talk about reparations, the reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations".

Congemi unleashed on Nevel during a mayoral debate Wednesday. "Your reparations, your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama".

"Mr. Nevel, you and your people you talk about reparations".

"Get out of here", one woman yelled.

It didn't stop his diatribe, though.

"My advice to you: If you don't like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport - go back to Africa!" he shouted.

Congemi later told the Washington Post that he doesn't want all black people to go back to Africa; just the specific group of black people who have been trying to make reparations a political issue in St. Petersburg. "Go back to Africa!"

Following Congemi's rant, Nevel repeated the "non-factor" jab, which can be heard in the clip.

Instead, he called his opponent Rick Baker the "real enemy".

And, earlier this year, he was arrested on charges of felony elder abuse, after allegedly neglecting to take care of his sick mother to the point that she developed sores so bad they exposed her tailbone.

Conversely, he said, he has "nothing against African-Americans who are doing their best here in America". According to the Tampa Bay Times, someone called the cops, but Congemi told the police not to dare touching him or he'd have them all fired when he inevitably became mayor.

The Uhuru movement, or the African People's Socialist Party, focuses on the theory of African Internationalism and aims to advance the social and economic conditions for Africans throughout the world.

The insult stems from "the assumption among whites ... that Black folks should be happy to be in America, which, through its kindness and generosity, has rendered African Americans the most fortunate Black people around".

In addition to Congemi and Nevel, current Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker, Anthony Cates and Theresa Lassiter participated in the forum.

The primary election is scheduled for August 29.

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