Kimberly Klacik takes down racist troll after he shames her for ‘sounding white’
Former Maryland congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik posted a video on Monday showing the spectacular view from her Dallas hotel room. She was immediately attacked by a man named Phillip Bailey on Twitter whose comment was widely panned as racist: “Every black female Republican has one trait in common. They all sound white.”
She had the perfect retort that took her detractor down for the count: “My father was an executive at IBM & from Connecticut. Slang wasn’t allowed in our home. My parents had standards & expectations. I don’t sound white, I sound intelligent. That can be confusing for some.”
Many on Twitter were offended by the hatred slung at the young Republican and said as much. They pointed out the fact that Kim is well-spoken and intelligent and that her being white or black has nothing to do with that state of affairs.
Kim is an American businesswoman that ran in a high-profile congressional race that sought to claim the seat for Maryland’s 7th district. Her viral campaign ad showing the candidate walking through some of the more neglected areas of Baltimore lambasting Democratic leadership in urban areas with large African American populations catapulted her to GOP stardom when President Trump retweeted the video in August.
Every black female Republican has one trait in common. They all sound white.
— Phillip Bailey (@phibai) November 30, 2020
My father was an executive at IBM & from Connecticut. Slang wasn’t allowed in our home. My parents had standards & expectations.
I don’t sound white, I sound intelligent. That can be confusing for some. https://t.co/YnJWg2WaWE
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) December 1, 2020
Don’t worry about the 10 count. This one’s not getting back up.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 1, 2020
Since she made the viral ad, Klacik has spoken at the Republican National Convention and has made several national television appearances pledging to develop jobs in opportunity zones like Baltimore, declaring that “all Black lives matter,” and, “Baltimore doesn’t have to vote Democrat.”
Baltimore found itself at the center of racial politics when Trump criticized its deteriorating conditions in 2019, prompting a confrontation with former Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Klacik was defeated in April’s special election by Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who filled the seat left unoccupied by Cummings after his death. Klacik attempted to unseat Mfume on Election Day but did not win her race.
Kim is a wife, mother, and the founder of the non-profit “Potential Me,” which has worked since 2013 to help hundreds of women become gainfully employed and achieve financial independence. She grew up in Accokeek, MD, and moved to Baltimore in 2010 once she became engaged to her husband.
In the ad, Klacik asks, “Do you care about Black lives? The people that run Baltimore don’t. I can prove it. Walk with me. They don’t want you to see this…”
As she walks through Baltimore’s crime-ridden streets, she explains: “This is the reality for Black people every single day: crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes, poverty, and crime. Baltimore has been run by the Democrat Party for 53 years. What is the result of their decades of leadership?”
She goes on to point out that Baltimore is one of the top five most dangerous cities in America, the murder rate in Baltimore is 10 times the U.S. average, the Baltimore poverty rate is over 20%, and “homicide, drug, and alcohol deaths are skyrocketing in our city.” All thanks to liberal leadership.
“Do you believe Black lives matter? I do,” she states. “The vast majority of crime in Baltimore is perpetrated against Black people, who make up 60% of the population. So why don’t we care about our communities? The Democrat Party has betrayed the Black people of Baltimore. If politicians walked the streets like I do, they would see exactly how their policies and corruption affect us.”
“Go to any Baltimore neighborhood and ask this question: Do you want to defund the police?” Klacik states. The video then shows three Baltimore residents responding: “No.”
One man claims he had three sons all killed in violence in Baltimore. Another man asks how he’s supposed to defend his community without the police, all the while “families are losing people.”
“Look at this. How are children supposed to live here and play here?” she asks, showing smashed windows and empty poverty-stewn streets. “Democrats think Black people are stupid.”
“They think they can control us forever. That we won’t demand better. And that we’ll keep voting for them forever despite what they’ve done to our families and our communities. Are they right?”
In closing, Klacik affirms: “Black people don’t have to vote Democrat.”