Bull Connor would be proud of Kim Crenier, volunteer secretary for the Duval County, Florida Republican Party. She learned well her lesson on how to deal with black folks who don’t know their place.
When protests in Ferguson, Missouri turned violent Monday night after the grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Crenier took to Twitter saying, “A suggestion for Ferguson- fire hoses. Grt big fire hoses, serious water pressure. Kn0ck those thugs over. They probly need a shower anyway [sic].”
The tweet was taken down after protests from local civil rights groups and the Southern Poverty Law Center, condemning it for its insensitive racial overtones, but Crenier stands by her words saying that it had been taken out of context and that there was “nothing sinister” about it.
She told News 4 Jax that she was responding, tongue in cheek, and that she didn’t see why a fire-hose would be so objectionable.
Reminded that the tactic was used on civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama and other cities throughout the South in the sixties, she claimed that “never crossed my mind.”
Some have called for Duval County Republican Party Chairman Rick Hartley to step down if he allows her to stay in her post with the party. “That’s insensitive, it’s racist and we’re asking the executive committee for the Republican Party of the state of Florida or the national executive committee to relieve Mrs. Crenier of duty,” Pastor R.L. Gundy said. He went on to say that if they didn’t do it that Hartley should also step down.
Hartley declined to comment when contacted by News 4.
“I’m not an employee. I’m not a government employee,” Crenier said. “I’m not paid, taxpayer funded or anything. I’m a volunteer. Enough is enough. Why is this news? I have apologized for the insensitivity of the fire hose comment. But as I told you, what I was responding to was not reported, so it looks really bad.”
“I’m not going to change their mind, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Crenier said to prove the sincerity of her “apology.”
Watch the report from News 4 Jax in the video below.
h/t: Raw Story