From Bob Beckel to a Houston Town Hall, Racial Slurs are Back in the Headlines

By Janice Barlow

Today, at a Town Hall meeting in Houston, Congressman Al Green-D, who is an African American, discussed how he had racial slurs left on voice mail messages to him. These threats and hate crimes were in response to his calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Approximately one hundred people were on hand at the town hall under high security.

Unlike in the case of Bob Beckel, who was fired from Fox News yesterday for allegedly telling an African American man that he was leaving his office because the IT tech was black, Green’s situation is not a case of “he said-he said”.  Green has hard evidence. He has the voice mail recordings.

You’ll be hanging from a tree,” one caller said.  Another added, “You ain’t going to impeach anybody. Try it and we will lynch all of you.” Green has received other threats at both his Houston headquarters and his Washington office. He wanted the threats to be known to his constituents.  Here are some of them: (Warning, extremely foul language)

One reason that Congressman Green called for the impeachment of Trump was because he felt that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey was due to Comey’s investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, and it was obstruction of justice. Green was the first congressman to formally call for impeachment in the House.

“It does not deter us,” Green said of the threats. “We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to allow this to cause us to deviate from what we believe the right thing to do and that is to proceed with the impeachment of President Trump.”

Congressman Green has memorialized these voice mails and they could be grounds for criminal investigation should he choose to do so. It is likely that more of these type of attacks will be on the horizon.


Janice Barlow is a true crime author with two published books and a third in progress. Here is the link to her first one:

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