A South Carolina sheriff’s candidate admitted to wearing blackface to a police-sponsored Halloween party 10 years ago, putting him his bid for sheriff into hot water.
Craig Stivender, a Colleton County native and longtime law enforcement officer who wants to lead his County’s office, produced a campaign video preemptively admitting to wearing the controversial costume 10 years ago in poor taste.
“About 10 years ago as a young police officer, I attended a law enforcement Halloween party dressed as ruthless drug kingpin ‘Big Meech’ Flenory,” he said. “I did it to disparage a criminal whose actions hurt our community and country. That was a different time. Today we understand that type of costume is troubling to many. To those who may be upset, I understand your disappointment.”
Flenory was convicted in 2008 and served 30 years in prison for his connection with the Black Mafia.
According to Macon, Stivender stressed the importance of coming clean, stating, “some things politicians would try to hide, things my opponents may try to use to tarnish my integrity.”
Stivender is attempting to win the Republican nomination for the Sheriff’s Office. He is attempting to unseat current Sheriff R.A. Strickland, who has come under fire for questionable spending of county money.
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