The leading candidate in the race for Louisiana House of Representatives is under fire over a photo of himself in blackface, supposedly posing as golfer Tiger Woods as part of a Halloween costume.
Robbie Gatti, the frontrunner candidate in the 8th District race is seen in the photo with his face and neck completely covered in black paint, reported Raw Story.
The source who provided the photo said the photo was taken when Gatti was with members of the First Baptist Church in Bossier City. Gatti used to be an associate pastor at the church but was asked to leave.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Gatti did not apologize and defended his costume.
The post said,”15 years ago, my church held a fall festival, where all the volunteers were told to dress as a famous person. Tiger Woods was at the height of his popularity, as a world champion, and that was who I was dressed as. Shortly after this event, I was ordained into the church. As a medical professional, ordained minister and military officer, I live my life seeing only character and I stand by that.”
Gatti Continued, “I’m sad that my opponents have taken a good night at church and turned it into negative, political mud, but I’m confident the voters of Bossier will not fall for their desperate attacks.”
Please leave your comments below. Do you think this is an appropriate costume? Or was there racism in his intention behind it?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)