Hillsborough County activist and New Black Panther member under fire

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Michelle has been a lone wolf on a number of issues over the years (such as expressing opposition to the Confederate flag hoisted up in Tampa). Apparently she's also the "chief-of-staff" for the New Black Panthers, and a rant she went on in a conference call last week has brought her national notoriety. Among the highlights include this quote:

Let me tell you, the things that's about to happen, to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these ? people. It has been long overdue. My prize right now this evening ? is gonna be the bounty, the arrest, dead or alive, for George Zimmerman. You feel me?

Williams apologized for the rant to 10 News, WTSP the other day.

Last night 10 News ace reporter Mike Deeson followed up on his colleague's interview and looked up the fact that Michelle has an arrest record.

CL attempted to reach out to Michelle Williams last night but was unsuccessful. She did release a statement on her Facebook page:

To all of the Resident who deemed it necessary to call into channel news and prompt them to spew my arrest record on the news....Thank you so much and now that your horse and pony show is over with....I'm still running laps around you, getting the job done, fighting for the people and making things happen. I never once stepped out in front of any of you passive sheep who have stolen our monies from our communities and now that you have dug this DITCH get ready to fall I'm about to level the playing fields and EXPOSE all of you and the MILLIONS that you stole and when I PROMPT investigations.....people get arrested! Legggggooooooo! #I SPEAK FOR THE SCARED AND VOICELESS GIVING THEM STRENGTH TO RISE AND FALL NO MORE!

The above message applies to the spies, snitches and thieves who are about to be exposed and it aint gonna be pretty! s/n if you have a charity, 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit and you have solicited monies from the local government here and you are living larger than life....my paper trial will lead to your front door!

  • CL interviewed Michelle Williams (on left) at the rally for Trayvon Martin in Tampa on March 24

It was almost exactly 20 years ago when a jury in Southern California acquitted three white and one Latino L.A. Police Department officers accused in the beating of Rodney King, and L.A. went up in fire for several days (there was also violence in San Francisco where I lived at the time, leading the then mayor to declare martial law in the city on the Friday night after the verdict).

I felt a sense of deja vu about that time yesterday afternoon when Governor Rick Scott issued a press release shortly before special prosecutor Angela Corey was to go before the cameras and announce if charges would be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26. The Governor said at the time that he had "trust in the goodness of all Florida citizens to allow our justice system to reach an appropriate conclusion in this case.”

Of course, this just begins the legal process, which is what Trayvon Martin's parents say is all they've wanted since their son's death. But the tension in this case will not abate, as Zimmerman's legal defense could very well mean trotting out the Stand Your Ground law, the 2005 legislation that eliminates the requirement that individuals retreat in the face of an attack and allow them to respond with deadly force if necessary.

We've already reported on polls that show the racial (and partisan) divide on this case between blacks and whites and Republicans and Democrats.

Although the "New Black Panthers" don't seem to be much more than a fringe group who gets an extraordinary amount of coverage from Fox News and conservative talk radio (Bill Maher says they shouldn't be taken seriously until they get a fourth member), a member of that group is a Tampa activist who now is facing the scrutiny of the national conservative intelligentsia, as well as the local media after she gave a fiery racial tirade about the case last week.

We're talking about Michelle Williams, a Hillsborough County activist that regular viewers of County Commission meetings are familiar with.

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