NAACP SLC Branch President reacts to newly released hate crime video

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — In response to exclusive new video that shows Mark Porter candidly discussing his feelings about African Americans, the President of NAACP’s Salt Lake Branch, Jeanetta Williams, is speaking out about hate crimes.

In the videos, Porter discusses his distaste with people of color.

“Hitler had the right idea, but the wrong people,” said Porter. “He should have gassed those n******.”

The video reveals Porter’s true thoughts.

“I got Jesus in me. No n***** does,” said Porter. “Martin Luther King was not a Christian. He’s a phony. Just like we were watching on investigation discovery. They’ll start praying and pretending they are.”

In March, a jury returned a guilty verdict on a hate crime charge of interfering with the family’s housing rights, based on race.

Porter now faces up to 10 years in prison.

“It is very much shocking for someone to have that much anger,” said Jeanetta Williams. “You’re wondering ‘where did it come from?’ He was finally caught and he will be punished.”

Williams says she hopes prison will change Porter’s heart.

“We are hoping that perhaps when he is in prison, that they will have some type  of rehabilitation for him,” said Williams. “He needs to have anger management.”

Since Porter will be sentenced to federal prison, he will not be able to get out early.

“Words do hurt,” said Williams. “The reason why he said that is to be hateful and to be hurtful toward people of color and especially toward African Americans.”

Williams says this sends a clear message to Utah that hate crimes will not be tolerated, and that part of the solution is teaching the next generation this lesson.

“I think a lot of times they think that they can say these things, and do these things and nothing happens, but when they see there are consequences even when they’re older like Mark Porter, there is punishment,” said Williams.

Porter will be sentenced on Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney recommended he serve 37 to 46 months in prison. Williams agrees with that recommendation. She says Porter should feel lucky they’re not recommending the maximum 10-year sentence.

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