LANSING, Mich., June 8, 2021 – Today, state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) received yet another death threat laced with racist and misogynistic language which is currently under investigation by law enforcement.
“This is nothing new. This is the same hate and violence Black Americans have faced for generations,” Johnson said. “This is the same sexist vitriol endured by women in power throughout history. These are the same manipulative tactics used by perpetrators of domestic violence to belittle victims into submission. This is not the first time domestic terrorists have tried to silence me with similar threats, but I will not be silenced. How dare they think I will take this lying down. Black women have fought this fight for too long. We’re tired from this fight, but we will not take this lying down.”
“This is another example of what not just Black elected officials, but Black Americans have faced throughout our history,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “The recent racist rhetoric of national leaders has emboldened hateful bigots to come out from under their hoods and make threats like this broad daylight. Domestic terrorists are making their racist voices heard, so it is up to us to speak louder. Silence is acceptance. We need to send a clear message that hate has no home here and we will not stand for these threats and political intimidation of Black members, specifically Black female members. A threat against one of us is a threat against all of us.”