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Black GOP Candidate In Florida Faces Horrific Racism

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Gloreatha "Glo" Scurry-Smith, who is running in the Florida GOP primary to take on Rep. Corrine Brown (D) in November, recently experienced a very disturbing case of racial discrimination.

On Sunday, Smith tweeted a picture of a vandalized campaign sign, in which her face was covered in white spray paint:

Smith, who says her husband found the sign in Jacksonville, Florida, told National Review that she "expect[ed] signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.”

“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,” Smith added. “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this.”

Brown said regarding the incident 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 numerous local media outlets and posted the following messages on her Facebook page after an initial post about the photo:

Her primary opponent, Thuy Lowe, condemned the vandalism.

"I was shocked by this," Lowe told National Review. "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 GOP primary will be held on August 26.

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