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Fantasia reacts with strength to racist letter

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Singer and reality show star Fantasia Barrino isn’t letting some racist fool get her down.

The celeb site TMZ reports that Barrino – spotted recently in Atlanta while filming her reality show “Fantasia For Real” – received a disturbing missive after finishing a performance of “The Color Purple” in Los Angeles the other day.

The screed apparently came from a nutcase claiming to have worked security for the Fox network the season Barrino won “American Idol,” besting Snellville’s Diana DeGarmo.

It was “peppered with threats of violence and racial slurs — including the N-word,” the TMZ report said.

Barrino contacted security at the theater where she was performing as well as the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities are investigating, but Barrino is reacting with her trademark spunk.

“I will not be defeated by one isolated person’s hatred,” Barrino told TMZ in a statement.

- Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

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Cyhthia

February 22nd, 2010
2:28 pm

I feel sorry for people raised with hate in thier life.

proud african american

February 22nd, 2010
2:42 pm

I am sure Fantasia is use to this type of behavior coming from North Carolina. My daughter experience racism in Greensboro and Burlington NC. Both times at a Walmart. On one occasion my daughter was shopping with her friend and security came over to them and asked them to leave the store because he said someone reported that they were fighting. My daughter is young and didn’t understand why. This happens and it’s shameful to the white people who are good hearted people. All white people are not like this. Another incident my daughters friend went into the Walmart in Greeneboro with her mixed kids and was asked to leave. They both moved to NC to get away from the hatred here in Atlanta but now they see that it’s everywhere. But the good people out way the bad!!!! By the grace of God the good will win!!!!!

successful

February 22nd, 2010
2:44 pm

jealousy!!!!!

charlie

February 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

It is unfortunate that racism still persists in our society. Fantasia should not be surprised that people would dislike her because of the pigmentation of her skin. She is certainly a young talented woman who should not be bullied by any racist person or organization. She did what was right in order to thwart the threats. I hope that America can begin to heal from the covert and overt racism which has permeated our society for years and threatened the very fiber of our being. Fantasia keep your head up because “You’re Beautiful”.

proud non african american

February 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

as a cuban american who was raised with many blacks i can say without a doubt that this race card has become a sickness. to the “proud african american” could it really be that your daughter didnt tell you the whole story? could it be that deep down you know there was no racism there at all? could it be that you are the racist? By the way I experience racism on a daily basis from blacks. They hate my work ethic and my straight foward attitude.The one things blacks hate more than anything else is honesty when it comes to race.

James

February 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

to ‘proud african american’, not to knock OTHER cities- but atlanta is more advanced in race relations than most cities (myself being a white man with a black wife). when you think about it, there is a reason the gay and lesbian community migrates here- the ignorance isn’t as bad as a lot of areas.

reciprocity

February 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Work ethic? Please!!!! African-Americans are just as hard working and straightforward as any other race of people. They were enslaved for over 400 years, their blood, sweat and tears built this country. They are the ones you see working in some of the most menial jobs, which I might add usually require a lot of hard labor. What they may resent is this condescending since of entitlement that comes from other races.

j

February 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

that reality “show” is the worst piece of garbage I’ve ever seen and i’ve seen a lot of crappy tv in my day.

Sammie

February 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

to the ‘proud non african american’ ARE U STUPID? i can care less about your work ethic. u have just been around other stupid people. being a Black man (not african american because my parents were born here, just as their parents were and their parents before them…so i am too far removed from African 2 call myself an african american) in America, i see racism everyday. hell i am a United States Marine and when i am not in uniform, i get all kinds of looks. as 4 the wal-mart deal, i and 4 other Black Marines have a lawsuit against them now. we were in there (alpharetta) out of uniform and minding our own business. 2 buggies and doing our shopping. wives had sent all of us to pick up some things. we were approached by security and asked 4 our ID’s. we asked for what? they gave us some lame excuse about fitting the profile of a gro9ups of thieves who have been targeting local stores. we asked to see the report and they promptly called alpharetta and sandy springs police. we again refused 2 give up our ID’s or any information about who we were (because the Supreme Court said we did not have to without probable cause). we were escorted out of the store. we promptly went home and changed into uniforms and went back. I am a Major, 2 of my friends are Major’s and one is a Master Sergeant. we went back, along with a Navy Lt.Cmd for the JAG (judge advocate general…attorney) Corps….who in-turned requested to see the ‘we fit the profile’ report, and wanted 2 know why the CA (civilian authorities) escorted us out of the store, again, without probable cause. the cop from Sandy Springs actually said “how were we 2 know that these darkies were Marines?” those were his ACTUAL words! we all looked at him like he had a second head. it was all caught on tape, and wal-mart has repeatedly asked us to settle out of court, and that they were reviewing their policies. i say all that 2 say that , you have some nerve 2 question if this woman’s child. as 4 your straight forward attitude, go jump off a building! who the crap cares about that!

Rodney

February 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

Can’t we all just get along?

Peace

February 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

@ Nick, you are a very weak individual & a coward!
Your commentary is so infantile. Why don’t you move to Russia since you are so unhappy that a Black Educated man is your President.

phoenix falcon

February 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

proud non african american

your work ” ethic “, lol, that’s the funniest thing i have heard in years.

could it be that you like calling black people the n word, and that’s why they don’t like you?

could it be that you a racist a hole and that’s why they don’t like you?

could it be that your work ” ethic ” leaves A LOT to be desired, like the rest of your fellow countrymen?

MJ

February 22nd, 2010
3:42 pm

I think people need to realize that racism and racist people aren’t going anywhere. It’s just more prevalent when people can hide behind message boards such as this one. How I wish there was a way around that! I say boycott Walmart and any business that treats anyone unfairly. My friends and I definitely share experiences with each other and word spreads like crazy. Don’t keep quiet for any reason!