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South Carolina Sheriff Candidate Admits to Blackface at Start of Campaign

Craig Stivender, working for Colleton County sheriff in South Carolina, opened his marketing campaign by instantly addressing “mistakes” he is made prior to now together with doing blackface at a celebration.

According to WKRC, Stivender posted a video to his Facebook web page the place he says he “learned the values of faith, family and honesty at an early age.”

“That’s why I want to tell you at the start of my campaign some things that politicians would try to hide. Things my opponents may try to use to tarnish my integrity.”

South Carolina Sheriff Candidate Admits to Blackface at Start of Campaign
Craig Stivender Stivender For Sheriff

He then listed a ticket he received for not possessing his license at 16, occasions the place he misplaced his mood at work, and fessed as much as “fender-benders” that he was at fault for.

The last occasion on the record handled an inappropriate Halloween costume Stivender wore to a Halloween occasion with different officers a decade in the past.

Stivender for Sheriff

My identify is Craig Stivender and I’m looking for the Republican Nomination for Sheriff of Colleton County within the 2020 election. I might be honored to have your vote. To study extra about me or my marketing campaign please like my Facebook/ Instagram pages or go to my web site at www.stivenderforsheriff.com.Please be part of me for our Campaign Kick Off on Monday, October 21st from 5:30-8:30pm on the new The South Forty Venue (665 Benjamin Drive, Round O). This is a household occasion with dinner offered.

Posted by Stivender for Sheriff on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

At the occasion, which he shares {a photograph} of within the video, Stivender was dressed as Detroit gangster Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who together with brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory introduced the Black Mafia Family to the forefront of cocaine distribution within the United States within the early 2000s.

As a part of his costume, Stivender has darkened his face and pores and skin.

In 2008, across the time the picture was taken, each Flenory brothers had been sentenced to 30 years in jail for his or her crimes.

“I did it to disparage a criminal whose actions hurt our community and country,” Stivender says within the video.

“That was a different time.”

Stivender is presently employed by the Walterboro Police Department, the place he was voted Officer of the Year in 2014.

Stivender’s marketing campaign might be holding a kick-off occasion on October 21. The 2020 election is hotly contested, with a minimum of 5 candidates seeking to unseat incumbent sheriff Andy Strickland.

Strickland is underneath fireplace from his constituents for spending $1,500 of taxpayer cash on a resort room for his kids whereas he attended a convention in Myrtle Beach, based on the Post and Courier.

Blackface has turn into a sizzling button challenge in fashionable politics, with Virginia governor Ralph Northam dealing with criticism when pages from his 1984 medical faculty yearbook resurfaced in February. An picture on his web page featured an image of a person presumed to be Northam along with his face darkened with shoe polish, standing subsequent to a different man in a KKK hood.

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