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He Finally Resigned After A Night Of Racist And Sexist Comments Against Fellow Senator Went Public

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It’s been a busy week for Florida Senator Frank Artiles, who on Monday went on a racist and sexist rant that ultimately led to his resignation on Friday. While at Tallahassee’s members only Governors Club, Cuban-American Artiles dropped the n-word in front of fellow African-American colleagues Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale. Artiles also called Sen. Gibson a “b-tch,” a “girl,” and “this f-cking asshole.” He then proceeded to drop the n-word when referring to Florida Senate President Joe Negron, who Artiles also referred to as a “pu–y.”

Artiles’ was elected as Republican Senator in 2016.

According to the Miami Herald, Sen. Gibson later described Artiles behavior that night as, “[…] the most disrespect I’ve ever encountered.”


USA Today reports that Florida Governor Rick Scott reached out to Sen. Gibson, expressing grief over Artiles’ behavior: “I talked to Senator Gibson right after I heard about it, and said I’m sorry that anyone would talk to her like that. She’s a wonderful person. But nobody should be talked to like that.”

The following day, Artiles went into damage control mode by apologizing to Sen. Gibson, Motto-Time reports.


“In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate,” Artiles said, according to Time-Motto, “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.”

By this time, however, the Florida Democratic Party was already calling for Artiles’ resignation.

As revelations of Artiles’ highly problematic behavior became public, several prominent political figures began asking for the Artiles’ resignation.


The Miami Herald reports that Senate President Negron later 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.” Senate President Negron, however, did not see any need to pursue disciplinary action.

On Wednesday, USA Today reports, Senate President Negron told Artiles to publicly apologize to Sen. Gibson for his comments, which he did. Senate President Negron considered the matter closed, but on Thursday Senator Thurston filed a complaint, which opened the door to an official investigation.

In a scathing OP-ED, the Sun Sentinel called out the Senator, saying, “Artiles’ continued presence is a stain on the party, a blight on the Legislature and an affront to the Miami-Dade citizens he represents.”

As pressure mounted, Artiles sent an official letter to Senate President Negron offering his resignation.


In his resignation letter, Artiles again apologized for his behavior, saying:

It is clear to me my recent actions and words that I spoke fell far short of what I expect for myself, and for this I am very sorry. I apologize to my family and friends and I apologize to all of my fellow Senators and lawmakers.

He added:

To the people of my district and all of Miami-Dade, I am sorry I have let you down and ask for your forgiveness.

After resigning, information about Artiles’ questionable practices came to light.


Recent findings show that during Artiles’ campaign for the senate, his election committee — Veterans For Conservative Principles — hired both a Playboy model and a Hooters calendar girl as political consultants. For their efforts, they received $1,500 and $2,000 respectively, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Not much else is known about what skills they offered, as details are still coming out.

Senate President Negron acknowledged that Artiles did the right thing by submitting his resignation.

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According to USA Today, Senate President Negron released the following statement on the matter: “As Senator Artiles has noted, he holds himself responsible and accountable for his actions and comments. Despite the events of the last week, Senator Artiles has a long and proud record of public service.”

Aside from serving as a Florida Senator, Artiles is also an ex-Marine, which he noted in his resignation.

After Artiles announced his resignation, Sen. Gibson released her own short statement:


The brief statement said, “I would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. This has been an ordeal that no one should have to endure. I wish [Artiles] well in all of his endeavors.”

USA Today reports that a Florida Governor Scott must set up a special election to fill the newly vacated seat.

[H/T] Miami Herald: Miami state senator curses at black lawmaker — and refers to fellow Republicans as ‘n-ggas’

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A Minority Woman Told A Former Doctor Working At 7-Eleven To ‘Go Back’ Where He Came From

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A Minority Woman Told A Former Doctor Working At 7-Eleven To ‘Go Back’ Where He Came From

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In the three years since Donald Trump became president of the U.S., more and more racist people feel entitled to demand strangers to speak English only, and not their native tongue. They know they’ll be recorded. They know it will be seen by millions on social media, and they know they’ll be outed. And they don’t care. As we said, they have no shame. This latest case of racist outburst is particularly interesting because it is not a white person shouting like a crazy person (we know, very surprising), but a fellow minority. What the heck?!

A woman of Indian descent told a Latino to “go back where you came from” at a 7-Eleven in Florida.

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The incident began this week when a woman with “a thick Middle-Eastern accent” began berating a 7-Eleven employee because she charged her getting two Big Gulp cups. The aggressor was there to redeem items with her rewards card, but not all of the items she was getting as part of the deal, the Miami-Herald reports. 

When the 7-Eleven clerk charged her for the extra items, that is when she lost it. 

“Latinos, you suck!! You’re not educated enough! Go back to where you came from! We don’t want you here,” the woman said directly into the camera. 

But with so much irony to her statement, the 7-Eleven clerk fired back brilliantly. He told her, “You’re not American, either.”

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Now we’re not supporting anyone telling someone else they’re not American. However, minorities should be supporting each other through these tense and chaotic times in the U.S., not pile on the racism. 

The clerk told the woman, “welcome to America, where you have to pay for things you buy.”

The woman would not stop with the insults and then told the man that his mom was a “Colombian prostitute.”

This lady has no idea who she’s speaking to and would be very surprised to know that the 7-Eleven clerk was a former doctor.

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According to Telemundo, the 7-Eleven clerk is Manoreys Rojas Hernández, and that he used to work as a doctor, but he defected from a mission of the Cuban government to Ecuador in order to reach the United States. The Spanish network also adds that he has worked at 7-Eleven for quite some time while his daughter is still in Cuba. He has not seen her for four years. He tried to visit her in Cuba, but the government did not allow him to enter the island. 

The woman had the nerve to come back again the following day.

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We guess she had not had enough of provoking a confrontation, so she returned to the 7-Eleven and tried to buy cigarettes before the clerk asked her to leave. 

She proceeded to insult his mother again and called her a “Colombian prostitute”…again. We guess she’s both out of derogatory names and has something against Colombian women. 

A local news station tried to reach out to the 7-Eleven clerk but reported back that he went on vacation. 

While the racist phrase “go back where you came from” isn’t anything new, it has for a lack of a better term, made a comeback this summer thanks to Trump. 

On July 14, Trump attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color by telling them in three separate tweets that they should go back where they came from.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly,” he tweeted, “and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

The tirade of words has propelled countless of other racists to spew the hateful phrase to many. One quick Google search will show you just how bad it is out there. 

Watch the full altercation below!

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A New Florida Law And Lack Of Testing Facilities In The State Means Miami-Dade County Won’t Be Prosecuting Misdemeanor Pot Cases

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A New Florida Law And Lack Of Testing Facilities In The State Means Miami-Dade County Won’t Be Prosecuting Misdemeanor Pot Cases

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There is good news out there for marijuana users in Florida as prosecutors in Miami-Dade county announced they will no longer prosecute minor marijuana cases. The news comes as a result of new state law, the so-called “hemp bill,” which went into effect July 1, that has legalized hemp but has also caused much more costly problems. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office released a memo last week saying there is no police crime lab in South Florida that currently tests for a cannabis chemical that gets users high. This has now created a new challenge for law enforcement in trying to tell the difference between hemp and cannabis.

“Barring exceptional circumstances,” Miami prosecutors will no longer be prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases. When it comes to large amounts, enough for felony charges, police will now have to get lab tests to verify if it is real marijuana, not hemp. 

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Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a memo that authorities can’t “visually or microscopically” tell the difference between marijuana from hemp, which only has very small amounts of THC chemicals that it’s counterpart does. Now, due to the new law in effect, laboratory testing must be done. 

“Because hemp and cannabis both come from the same plant, they look, smell, and feel the same. There is no way to visually or microscopically distinguish one from the other,” the memo states. “Similarly, since hemp can be – and is – also smoked, there is no olfactory way to distinguish hemp from marijuana.”

Rundle says due to the “Hemp Bill,” state prosecutors now need an expert on hand to testify that a substance is marijuana to prove their cases in court. This also means lab tests will have to be conducted by authorities to verify a substance. However, those lab tests come at quite the price according to Rundle. 

“Up until now, there was no laboratory expense involved in marijuana prosecution cases, as any necessary testimony was from the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau Crime Laboratory personnel,” the memo reads. “Since every marijuana case will now require an expert, and necessitate a significant expenditure by the State of Florida, barring exceptional circumstances on a particular case, we will not be prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases.”

The Miami-Dade Police Crime Lab currently doesn’t have the practice to perform a marijuana analysis. But according to Rundle, the department is in the process of developing the methodology to do so.

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While the Miami-Dade crime lab currently does not have the capability to test for THC, this is all set to change in the next three to six months. According to Rundle, the eased enforcement of marijuana is a temporary thing until the county lab can perform such tests on their own.

“In the meantime, if there are any DEA certified private labs that can perform such testing in significant cases, and the police departments are willing to pay for such testing, then the prosecution of these cases could move forward,” Rundle said in the memo. “Once the MDPD lab can again conduct such testing themselves, then this all becomes moot. This is just a stumbling block and not a death knell to the prosecution of marijuana cases.”

The decision for the state to stop prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession cases highlights the growing obstacles for law enforcement in Florida and across the country in states where recreational marijuana is still considered illegal, but hemp is now allowed.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, prosecutors have been coming across this problem since the bill went into effect in July. They say the added expense of sending marijuana to labs outside of the state and getting expert witnesses to testify in court makes those options “prohibitive in all except the most serious of cases.”

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says the state’s new regulations could be a dangerous move when it comes to enforcing marijuana laws as a whole. “This agency and most agencies around Florida will not be making marijuana arrests,” Snyder told West Palm Beach TV station WPTV. “Until we have a lab that can test, law enforcement efforts around marijuana are dead in the water.”

Nonetheless, as the attitude of marijuana as a whole has loosened in recent years, the enforcement of misdemeanor marijuana cases in Miami were not being prosecuted as aggressively as in the past. This might be a continuing trend in counties an states where hemp is legal but marijuana is not. 

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