Memphis mayoral candidate targeted by threats on social media

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The campaign for mayor in Memphis has taken on a dirty tone as one of the candidates started to receive threats.

Tami Sawyer is fighting back against online trolls, but will their message derail her campaign?

Sawyer is known for her Take-Em-Down-901 work which led to the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue at Health Sciences Park.

She’s currently a Shelby County Commissioner, and now that’s she’s running for mayor, some people have taken to trolling on social media.

Sawyer’s official Memphis mayoral campaign page is littered with racially-charged posts, some of them so bad we can’t show you.

A Confederate group’s page originally posted calling for people to troll Sawyer’s social media. That Confederate page is currently down as of Friday morning.

Despite the comments, Sawyer is putting these people on blast letting others now what they’re saying.

In response Sawyer wrote: Know this: if what I’ve done as a community activist, a county commissioner and a purveyor of justice for all people were not a formidable foundation. To run for mayor, we wouldn’t have this kind of opposition.

The posts came on Sawyer’s 37th birthday. She’s asking everyone stand with her in solidarity.

UPDATE: We are told Sawyer has now filed a report over the threats with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

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