Standing Up to Hate in Lubbock County, Texas
An interview with Stuart Williams, Chairman of the Lubbock County Democratic Party Stuart Williams, Chairman of the Lubbock County Democrats
On Monday, April 17, Rantt News published an article that described how the racist social media behavior of Republican officials in Lubbock County (TX) may have led to the vandalism that occurred at the Lubbock County Democratic Headquarters the previous week.
On April 18, the Lubbock County Republican Party shared a racially caricatured image of former National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Facebook. The party’s only response to the article was liking a reply to it that read “meanwhile the entire Democratic party is a hate group.
” Stuart Williams is Chairman of the Lubbock County Democratic Party. He was elected in December and is the first African American to lead the party.Williams told me that racism is widespread in Lubbock County politics and this was not the first time local Democrats have been targeted. Many Lubbock residents who responded to the original article shared the same sentiment.
Texas political commentators and Democratic groups responded with shock and dismay after reading about the party’s social media behavior. So far, no state or local Republican officials have commented on the behavior of the Lubbock County Republican Party and none of their members have faced repercussions.