Franklin Sain, accused of racist threats against gun-control backer, should be fired, says NAACP
She also mentions a statement made to 7News by Senator Jessie Ulibarri in the context of the station's reporting about Fields and Sain.
"Over the course of this last week, I've received death threats. I've received rape threats against my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and other members of my family, because I'm standing up against gun violence," Ulibarri said.
In Harris Lytle's words, "we're critically concerned about the targeting of these threats to legislators, which have become racialized, sexualized and genderized, depending on who it is. The Colorado legislature has a new contingent of black and brown and openly gay leadership. It's a historically progressive state legislature, and we fear that unless there is some real community concern and some real community dialogue, they're not going to be able to do their job effectively.
"We think what happened to Representative Fields should be investigated and prosecuted as a hate crime, because of the language and the threats based on race and gender -- and the same kind of threats were directed at Representative Ulibarri's daughter."
Harris Lytle is disturbed by "how quickly we've come to this sad state of affairs. We're only two months into the state legislature, and we've got this new, historic team of black, brown, female, openly gay, progressive legislators. We've got to ask ourselves: Will we insure the safety and decorum of these people we've elected to do this job?"
Look below to see the NAACP statement and the arrest affidavit for Franklin Sain.