Last Updated on September 9, 2022
Video and audio show a U.S. Senate candidate and current South Carolina state representative embracing anti-white racism.
Rep. Krystle Matthews, who is Black, made shocking comments when she argued white people should be treated “like sh*t.”
Matthews told a Project Veritas reporter how treating white people like sh*t will make them respect her more: “My district is slightly Republican, and it’s heavily white. I’m no stranger to white people, I’m from mostly white town. And let me tell you one thing. You ought to know who you’re dealing with, like you gotta treat them [white people] like sh*t, like I mean, that’s the only way they’ll respect you.”
She went on to equate white Americans to children and mocked politicians such as Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders who say “white sh*t.”
“I keep them right here — like under my thumbs. That’s where I keep it, like you have to. Otherwise, they get out of control — like kids. So, you know, like, for me I know other people are tip-toeing around them [white people]. And I’m like, ‘Yo, that’s some white sh*t. I ain’t doing that.'”
Criticizing Sen. Sanders, Matthews said, “and that was my problem with Bernie [Sanders]. Because he was talking to an all-black crowd, and he was afraid to say black sh*t. I said, ‘If I’m talking to an all-black crowd, I’m saying black sh*t. Now if you don’t like it, you get your ass up and leave.’”
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After the racist clip spread like wildfire across social media, Matthews doubled down on her comments. “Aren’t you tired of politicians selling out our communities, spitting on our working families, and exploiting the rights of our women and children? While taking community pictures and kissing our babies, our favorite legislators wash their hands and sweep what our community needs under the rug. What would you call that? I call that SH**, and my mother raised me to treat something exactly how it is,” Rep. Matthews said in a statement.
Matthews is running against Republican Sen. Tim Scott this November.
South Carolina Democrats have begun to call for Matthews to drop out of her Senate race, with some even calling for her to step away from politics completely.
Democrat state Rep. Justin Bamberg published an op-ed that called Matthews “toxic.”
“If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation,” Bamberg said.
The South Carolina Democrat gubernatorial nominee, Joe Cunningham, told the Associated Press “there is absolutely no place in our political discourse” for Matthews’ rhetoric.
“The Democratic Party cannot and should not tolerate such behavior from our elected officials and candidates,” Cunningham added.
The South Carolina State Senate Democrat Party Leader, Brad Hutto, called for Matthews to drop out of the election.
“When candidates of either party start making irresponsible statements, beyond what party they’re from, they need to reevaluate their candidacy, and that’s what needs to happen here,” Hutto told AP.
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.