Protestors Call for Frank Artiles’ Resignation After Use of Racist and Misogynistic Slurs
Dozens gather at closed Kendall office to demand he resign
Today, dozens of protestors gathered outside Frank Artiles’ Kendall office to protest the racist and sexist slurs he used against his colleagues in the Florida Senate. Constituents from his district called for his resignation as they chanted outside the shuttered district office. The protest comes as elected officials, community leaders and organizations throughout the country demand that he resign from the Senate.
“Frank Artiles is a bully,” said Miami Dade Dems chair Juan Cuba .”This latest embarrassment is only the most recent in a long string of hateful incidents that show Artiles does not represent the values of his diverse District. There is no excuse or apology for hate. He must resign now.“
In 2014, Artiles used a slur to refer to Muslims, he has used hate-speech to refer to LGBTQ people and was caught punching a college student at a bar in Tallahassee. Artiles blamed being from Hialeah as an excuse for his hateful, bigoted language.
Yesterday, Senator Perry Thurston, Chairman of The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee to formally seek the expulsion of Frank Artiles. An investigation has begun and will present its findings on April 25th.