"Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama," Paul Congemi said in a racially tinged tirade.

Veronica Hilbring
Jul, 20, 2017

Florida mayoral candidate Paul Congemi let his White supremacy show Tuesday when he lashed out in a racial tirade at his opponent Jesse Nevel and members of the audience at a mayoral forum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The shocking comments came during a discussion about reparations, or the thought that descendent of slaves in America should be compensated for the irreversible damage the system caused to African Americans.

“Mr. Nevel you and your people talk about reparations. The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama. My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport. Go back to Africa. Go back to Africa. Go back!”


The audience was filled with members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization that supports Jesse Nevel and believes reparations can mend racial inequality. Nevel’s campaign slogan is ‘Unity Through Reparations.’

Congemi added that he has nothing against African Americans doing their best in America and called his opponent a self-hating White man. The Republican long shot is a former lifelong Democrat who switched allegiances after President Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage.

He is now a Trump supporter. Cogmeni has had previous runs-in with police in the past. In January, he was charged with elder abuse after his 87 year-old mother was sent to intensive care for bed sores. The charges were later dropped.