Florida state rep says his blackface high school photo is 'not racist', was taken 'out of context'

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A Florida Republican state rep who blacked up in a high school photograph has refused to resign and says he photos were taken out of context after politicians called for him to get the axe.

Anthony Sabatani is 30 years old meaning he was born decades after the Civil Rights movement of the 60s decried the racist caricature that enforced an idea that African Americans were hypersexual and cowardly buffoons.

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However he said Tuesday his image where he wore a basketball shirt and gold jewelry had 'zero' to do with other scandals in the past week that has revealed how other politicians deemed it okay to do so in the past.

Sabatani said the move was 'decontextualized' and explained it was a prank he and a friend did when he was teenager at Eustis High School.

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The Howey-in-the-Hills man claimed his offensive image had 'zero' similarity to his Democratic counterparts who got into hot water recently.

'I'm 16 years old, one of my best friends of the time was black, and we thought at the time – looking back, it was immature – it would be funny to dress as each other,' Sabatini said. 'He dressed in my clothes – a Ralph Lauren polo shirt, shorts, Converse – and I dressed in his clothing. … None of us thought 14 years later any of us would be a public figure and the photo would be decontextualized.'

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Although he could not speak for everyone who viewed the picture, his friend Brandon Evans attempted to quiet outrage at the millennial.

He said to the Orlando Sentinel: 'Every year at high school homecoming week, we had things like '80s days and celebrity days. We said, 'I'm going to be you and you're going to be me.' I don't know how it got to be seen as racial. That's all it...
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