Applaud Resignation of Bigoted State Senator Who Called Colleagues Racial Slurs

Target: Audrey Gibson, Florida State Senator

Goal: Applaud resignation of state senator who called his colleagues a racially-charged expletive.

Florida state senator Frank Artiles has resigned after public and professional criticism for using racial slurs, expletives and insults while speaking with black colleagues at an event. Applaud that his colleagues stood up against this blatant racist and that he will no longer serve the state of Florida.

It was reported that Artiles used a variation of the “n-word” at the Tallahassee’s Governor’s Club when speaking with Senator Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Senator Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sen. Gibson said that former Sen. Artiles called her obscene insults after the two got into a discussion about members of the state’s legislature. She said that he then went on to rant that the Senate president, Joe Negron, was elected only with the help of six black lawmakers, using a racial expletive to describe those lawmakers.

It’s frightening to know that those with hidden racial biases are working in our government. However when someone who is unabashedly racist is serving in the government, it’s vital that they face consequences. Someone like former State Sen. Artiles does not have the empathy or competence to perform his job as a lawmaker. Applaud Sen. Gibson and Sen. Thurston for being vocal and persistent about Sen. Artiles intolerant behavior, causing this racist man to resign.


Dear Senator Gibson,

Thank you for speaking up about the racist abuse you were subject to by former Sen. Frank Artiles. It’s disgusting that he saw nothing wrong with insulting you and Sen. Thurston and was comfortable enough to put his racist attitudes on full display.

As you know, it’s vital that people like this, especially those in our government during this critical and tumultuous time in our nation’s history, are held accountable for their actions. Hate will not be tolerated. I applaud you for speaking up and hope that we can continue to eliminate bigots from government and our society.


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Photo credit: Taymaz Valley

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One Comment

  1. Muriel Servaege says:

    I think Frank Artiles has made the good choice.

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