‘Hands off Al Green’: Activists demand action on death threats to congressman

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Leaders in the black community came together Thursday to demand authorities track down those responsible for the racist death threats left on Rep. Al Green‘s voicemail less than two weeks earlier.

“The clock is ticking backwards in America, not forwards,” activist Deric Muhammad said at a press conference. “But we have a message today for the white supremacists: You may have a desire to go back to 1820 but we ain’t going with you.”


The obscene voice messages that sparked the meeting came in response to Green’s call for Trump‘s impeachment on the House floor. The Houston representative was the first Congress member to make an official request for charges against the commander-in-chief – and the move ignited a vicious response.

“You ain’t going to impeach nobody. Try it and we will lynch all of you,” one anonymous caller said in a recording the Houston Democrat later played publicly at a town hall meeting.

“You’ll be hanging from a tree,” the caller continued. Other callers hurled expletives and racial epithets.

But authorities have yet to track down those who made the calls – and some in the black community are outraged and demanding justice.

“We are calling on law enforcement – local, federal and state – to use every resource that you have available to bring these people to justice,” Muhammad said.

“We want to say to law enforcement, it would be wise that you move swiftly to find out who made these threats against our brother, our congressperson, for if you do not and something happens to Congressman Al Green, you will have a problem on your hands unlike you have ever seen before.”

The call for action comes just a day after KKK flyers were tossed into Texas City front yards, an incident that prompted a police investigation in the Galveston County city.


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