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Community leaders, supporters respond to Facebook racist mail about Coach Taggart



Without: Lanetra Bennett WCTV Eye News
November 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida State fan dropped a broad condemnation and losing his job after targeting the FSU football coach Willie Taggart after that.

The man posted a photo on the Fan FSU Facebook page after Saturday lost to the University of Florida. The picture shows a black man hanging by a noose of a tree, with the face of Taggart covered on the body.

The post receives a huge response to social media and across the community.

Gary Bitz, a FSU student, said, "It is obviously distressing. It's going to show that that's not exactly about blameing the wrong person. It's totally confusing. "

"I do not think he has anything to do with race. I believe that those people just tell us about these things alone and they feel & # 39; They have a form of perspectives, "said Gabriel Dominguez, FSU student.

Henry Powell, a long-time FSU fan added, "They are wrong about that because they do not know about it like this. I feel like in my heart, you have to give a person an opportunity. Here & First year here. "

"That is disgraceful. It's totally awful, I'll get it. Just a game, people. People need to relax and realize it's just a game. You do not have to attack on someone or being racist about it. In 2018, it should not be long past this, "said Ajay Dhagwandin, FSU student.

"Those comments are smooth, horrible, dangerous and harassing," said Rev. R.B. Holmes, minister of Bethel's Baptist Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

Rev Holmes says he has been surprised that someone feels comfortable expresses what raises racial anime on social media.

The person who posted the picture of Coach Taggart wants to apologize.

"He has the right to opinion, but not the right to break a person's character and call for someone to be hanged literally. Then he said he meant what he said," said Rev Holmes.

Tallahassee City Commissioner, Curtis Richardson, says he has forgotten.

He says that an apology is not enough and he wants the man to be prosecuted.

"I'm tired of apologies because when people say things like this and doing things like this, they have come out of their heart. I can not believe that an apology is in good faith , "Commissioner Richardson said alongside Rev Holmes and other pastors and community leaders during a press conference Monday.

Rev. Lee Johnson, Tallahassee minister is also present at the press conference, saying the job is deliberately racist.

"There are other trainers across this country, Scott Frost in Nebraska who is white. His performance was not equal. But no-one had posted any epithet that hung him. We do not approve it at black folk, "said Rev. Johnson.

"The black people, a really real time, were not symbolic, and actually happened. Although he posted something like this on social media it was absolutely incredible," said Commissioner Richardson.

Rev Holmes says words. He is anxious that the Facebook post could be followed by an action by the man who posted or could provoke others to harm Coach Taggart.

University President John Thrasher gave a statement this weekend calling the post sadly. On Monday, he told WCTV that the man needed to understand that he had made a serious mistake.



The social media post is now the focus of a criminal investigation.

The FSU Police, the Sheriff County of Leon, and the State Attorney look into it.


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