SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A racially charged package delivered to Mayor Mia Love’s office in Saratoga Springs contained pictures of her family and a hooded Ku Klux Klan member and pictures of aborted fetuses, according to other media reports.
Love is a black Republican Latter-day Saint woman running for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
“How sad. We’re all families. We’re all moms,” said Annie Schreyer.
Saratoga Springs police are investigating the packet and it’s generating talk about race and its place in Utah.
ABC 4’s Noah Bond asked, “What do you tell you kids about race when they ask about black people?” Shawn McMandus responded, “I don’t think they have asked about this, but if they did what I would tell them is that we’re all equal.”
So why this negative attention? Love is close to making history. She is closing in on becoming the first black conservative Republican woman to earn a seat as a member of the United States Congress if she defeats incumbent Democratic opponent Jim Matheson in November.
All of these factors are generating hate and some would even say rage.
Someone hacked into her Wikipedia entry last month after her rousing speech at the Republican National Convention where she attacked President Obama’s big government ideals.
Racial slurs were typed into her entry characterizing her as a sell-out with some of the most derogatory terms in the English language.
Saratoga Springs Police suggest that hateful package sent to her office did not contain a threat, but the package is sending a message her citizen’s oppose.
“If someone is sending something like this to her, shame on them and hopefully her friends and family can rally around her,” Schreyer said.
The attacks against Love may continue because she is a pioneer for other black women. She will be the first black Republican woman in the U.S. Congress if she wins the November election.
Love has told other media outlets that she is strong and will move forward.