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US: DC Republican receives racist, homophobic messages

‘They attacked me as a gay African-American’: Marc Morgan

Marc Morgan, who is running for an at-large seat on Washington, DC’s city council on a Republican ticket, has received a threatening letter filled with racist, homophobic slurs. Credit: washingtonblade.com

Marc Morgan, who is running for an at-large seat on Washington, DC’s city council on a Republican ticket, has received a threatening letter filled with racist, homophobic slurs, the Metro Weekly reports.

The letter left in Morgan’s home mailbox states, “MARC MORGAN, GOD HATES FAGS. WE HATE YOU. WE HATE NIGGER FAGS. GO DIE NOW LITTLE NIGGER AIDS FAG. AND WE KNOW WHERE U LIVE, TOO. LOVE YOUR NIGGER FAG-LOVING FRIENDS.”

Morgan was also targeted with a number of anti-gay tweets that said that being gay is an abomination and the council candidate needed to “wake uP to reality before it’s to late.” The Twitter posts from user Mustafa @UnityFlow include several anti-gay messages.

Morgan says he does not know whether the tweets and letter are from the same person but admits he’s concerned that the person who sent him the letter knows his home address.

In response to the note and the Twitter posts, Morgan says in a Facebook letter that he will press on with his run for office. 

“Sadly, the people responsible didn’t attack my political views; they attacked me as a gay African-American, a father, grandfather, son, brother and partner. I assure you that these hateful threats will not deter me from my campaign for the at-large seat on the DC Council. If anything, this has strengthened my resolve to spread my message of how we can create a better life for ALL residents and prevent this type of hatred from happening to anyone.”

Morgan, who is working with the DC Metropolitan Police Department to identify and prosecute those responsible for the threats, says he is heartened by the support he has received from the police and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Meanwhile, the DC Republican Party’s executive director, Robert Turner, is quoted as saying there is “no toleration for this type of action in the 21st century, and certainly not in the nation’s capital.”