Statement Regarding BAMN National Chairman’s Intimidation Tactics

Today, Doug Tietz, Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Campaign Manager, gave the following statement after Jennifer Gratz, MCRI spokeswoman, was threatened with a switchblade in the presence of others and in a public building while she was in Detroit. 

“Our opponents stooped to new a new low today when Luke Massie, BAMN National Chairman, brandished a switchblade while talking with Jennifer Gratz outside the Civil Rights Commission media conference in Detroit,” said Doug Tietz, MCRI Campaign Manager.

“No matter what your political beliefs are intimidation tactics like this are unacceptable.   Our opponents tactics of attempting to intimidate Jennifer with a switchblade and verbal threats are despicable,” said Tietz.  “Silence is acquiescence.  Either you condone this sort of behavior or else you are willing to speak out against it.  I look forward to responsible elements of the opposition joining me and condemning this sort of behavior,” said Tietz.

“For the past two years, our campaign has had to contend with the thuggish tactics of BAMN, trumped-up charges of “fraud,” a circus of “hearings” by a politically motivated Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Board of Canvassers members who have no respect for the rule of law, and lies and outrageous distortions from our opponents.  Why are these people so desperate that they will do anything to try and stop the people from exercising their will?”  said Tietz. 

The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Committee (MCRI), a Michigan-based Ballot Question Committee, is dedicated to giving the people of Michigan the opportunity to end preferential treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin by State or local governments.  MCRI will make Michigan a place of equal opportunity for all, not a State that uses discrimination as a tool to create “diversity.”  Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate!


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