Gloreatha “Glo” Scurry-Smith, an African-American woman running in the Florida GOP primary, recently experienced how dead racism is in this country first hand when on Sunday she tweeted a picture of a vandalized campaign sign. Her face had been covered in white spray paint:
Smith told the National Review that she “expect[ed] signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.”
Her husband found the sign in Jacksonville. Smith added to her comment that, “throughout this entire incident, I go back to Martin Luther King’s comment that we look forward to a time when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this.”
Rep. Corrine Brown, who Smith will be running against in November if she wins the primary, said that “to be talking about signs is ludicrous to me — and you know, and whatever happened was unfortunate but I personally do not get involved in campaigning months in advance.”
Smith has spoken to many local media outlets about the incident. Shortly after posting the original picture to Facebook, she made more posts expressing a concern for forgiveness and to thank all of those who supported her:
Thuy Lowe, her primary opponent, condemned the vandalism and told the National Review that he was “shocked” and “there have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a white point of view.”
The Florida GOP primary is due on August 26.
You can watch the news report on the incident below: