Failed Judicial Candidate: “Coons” Did Me In







Some losing judicial candidates can’t put their failed races behind them.

Frantz Jahra McLawrence, the black attorney who lost to Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal last year, is blaming “coons.”

In a bizarre post on Facebook filled with invective, McLawrence said “coons” sold out for money or for ego.

“…we (black people) need to accept responsibility for this joke of a judge. You know as well as I do that there were a plethora of coons who stood on street corners and came on Facebook endorsing this clown when they knew she did nothing but hurt our community. They did it all to fatten their pockets or blow up their ego.”

That’s only part of his diatribe. It was triggered by a Florida Supreme Court decision on Tuesday rejecting a 90-day suspension for Rosenthal’s misconduct surrounding her DUI arrest during the judicial campaign.



Frantz Jahra McLawrence


McLawrence’s tirade is another example of the philosophy of blame that permeates our society. Too many fail to take responsibility for their own failures and find it easier to blame others.

They held me back. It is all stacked against me.

Here is a lesson Mr. McLawrence apparently didn’t learn during his two failed campaigns for judge: Candidates lose races.

A defeated candidate is responsible for their own defeat.

Almost every time.

Here is McLawrence’s Facebook post:






29 Responses to “Failed Judicial Candidate: “Coons” Did Me In”

  1. Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz says:

    Even in the Segregationist South the word in question was considered beyond the pale of decency. I haven’t heard the term in 50 years. I thought it was long buried. Why on earth would anyone bring it back to life? This individual actually has a law practice? People actually voted for him? Frederick Douglas and Blanche K Bruce let alone Carter Woods on and Crisp us Attatucks must be spinning in their graves. He should be glad the great Shirley Chishim isn’t alive! She knew what to say to naughty school boys!

  2. Sam The Sham says:

    Looks like we dodged another bullet! BTW, can we say “coons” now?

  3. Frantz J McLawrence says:

    No buddy, this is not a blame game. Don’t try and flip this situation around to an indictment on me and my behavior when the microscope should be squarely focused on Rosenthal and her failings. There were many antics by Rosenthal and her camp that my campaign could have reported to the JQC, but we decided against because after all was said and done, we lost the race and it made no sense to disturb the electorate’s vote. This has nothing to do with being a sore loser. I know how to win and lose graciously.

    What you left out of your post was the portion where the original poster (Vicente Thrower) specifically mentioned African Americans. My response was to point out and to get him to accept that we bear as much responsibility, if not more, for Rosenthal as anyone else.

    It’s sad that you did not take the time to fully digest what I wrote. If you did, you would’ve seen that it’s exactly what you’re trying to say when you’re talking about “accepting responsibility”. Again, looking at this entire situation through the lens within which it should be reviewed, the question isn’t about me, but about Rosenthal. Where was her acceptance of responsibility? Where was her judicial candor and integrity when it came to lying to the arresting officer, investigating panel, and the JQC? Where was her acceptance of responsibility for destruction of evidence and lying to the public?

  4. Fake Mitt Romney and Fake John McCain says:

    Speak Brother McLawrence!

    We totally get where you’re coming from. The “coons” did us in back in 2008 and 2012 as well.

  5. love it says:

    You have to love this post from the same guy who ran for Judge as FJ McLawrence in 2010 in what many believed was an attempt to hide from the voters his black sounding first name, Jara.

  6. Pot Calling the Kettle says:

    This is kind of a funny statement coming from a guy that hid who he was when he ran for office, putting out to the white community that his name was “FJ McLawrence” and no pictures on anything.

    Probably half of his vote was from folks thinking he was some Scotch-Irish guy.

    And if you thought that the “coons” from Deerfield and Fort Lauderdale were against you in the past, I can assure you that you ain’t gonna get elected to even your HOA Board for the rest of your life.

    Talk about burning all bridges over troubled waters.

  7. John Henry says:

    Coons? When racoons try to get on our back porch, Momma just chase ’em off with a broom

  8. FM says:

    Who says “coons”?

  9. Castration says:

    We used to have a coon problem at Birch State Park. People would go the the fire station on Sunrise Blvd and feed the coons. They found that they no longer had to work for their food by searching in the park like they would have to do in the wild and all they did was eat and have sex. Over time they over populated and the State had to take action to control the population. Instead of trapping them or killing they, the started to catch them and render them so they could not produce any more coons. Overtime this helped control the coon population.

  10. HAHA says:

  11. Not What You Think says:

    coon 

    A coon is a black actor or actress, who takes roles that stereotypically portrays black people. They think theyve made it but they are slaves to the same images. A.k.a sellout
    It comes from the term baracoons (a cage), where they used to place Africans, who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves. They had no idea of this, so some of them were even eager waiting in the baracoons.

    Examples- Roles or advertisements were black people:
    -play basketball
    -rap about a product
    -are obsessed with money or chicken
    -have a lot of video hoes
    -have names that show that they are black (kwame, darnel, any two capital letters (JT, TJ, AJ, TC, JJ), any female name ending in a “qua”,

    excessively use old terms we made up like
    -woo wee
    -bling bling
    -im da man, you da man
    -thats wack yo
    -or anyterm that white people have begun to acknowledge, use and accept.
    -(I hope you get the idea- this happens everyday)

    Black guy on commercial or in movie: Woo wee! Boy do I love me some chicken, where da Koolaid at?

    Person watching: What a coon!



    You left out the Urban Dictionary’s “Top Definition”

    Insulting term for a black person
    I went to the R&B disco at DeNiro’s last night and I was the only white person in there. It was full of coons.

  12. Zaptoit says:

    No doubt this gent is a Grade A dumbo, but now that the judicial process has bared the kind of misconduct that Rosenthal feels she has a right to engage it, might he not have a legitimate beef about the “antics” she used to win election?

  13. Sam The Sham says:

    Apart from all the coon jokes and the dramatic way this idiot killed any prospect of him ever serving in an elected capacity, we should take a look at what he really said.

    He is a racist. He thinks that all blacks should vote for him because of the color of his skin. All blacks should not vote for LR, not because she has ethical baggage, but because she is an evil, white she-devil cracker.

    Any black who has a different opinion than him, or who thinks LR might have been better qualified and voted for the person instead of the skin color, is deemed a coon.

    He is like the House Negro who thinks he deserves special privileges and wants to keep all the other blacks on his plantation.

    Isn’t it great that he self destructed before he could get on the public payroll? Aren’t you glad we don’t have ANOTHER racist judge in Broward County?


    As I recall, Lynn Rosenthal had a black campaign manager.

  14. Charlotte Greenbarg says:

    You couldn’t make this stuff up.

    Maybe Carl Hiaasen could.

  15. True colors says:

    Finally, FJ’s true colors come shining through.

    Isn’t he the Fort Lauderdale Public Defender now??? I wonder how the city feels about his Facebook comments. Embarrassing.

  16. Elizabeth Matramos says:

    Just another closet bigot. I actually met him once and thought he was a decent guy.

  17. No Friend of the Black Community says:

    McLawrence has never understood that he has NEVER been popular in the black community. In fact, they have always been his weakest link because those who know McLawrence understand that he has always looks down his nose at “ordinary” black people. He is “better than those people”. How sad is it that a black man cannot seem to understand and appreciate the pain that racism can cause when he turns against his own people. This man cannot even properly speak for himself…why in the world should he ever be allowed to step up to a courtroom podium and speak on behalf of someone under him. The Florida Bar should look hard at this man. How sad.

  18. He has to go says:

    When will we see Ft. Lauderdale step up and release this racist? How can his black clients feel comfortable with him, how long will the bar suspend him for?

  19. Courthouse employee says:

    Mclawrence is a good guy who fights hard for his clients. Even though he’s paid a laughable rate for MO cases he will still fight hard. Other attorneys appointed for those cases don’t even show up to court. He tries those cases

  20. Peter McIntosh says:

    Judges should never be elected to office.

    Judges should be appointed after peer review by members of the Bar Association.

    I have never cast a vote for a Judge since I have been voting as I have not spent enough time in the court rooms to know which practicing lawyer would be competent to perform the duties.

  21. McLawrence Bar Complaint says:

    Remember when Attorney Sean Conway drew a Bar complaint for publicly calling Judge Aleman an “evil, unfair witch”? McLawrence can look forward to the same Bar hammer for publicly referring to a judge as a ‘clown’ and a ‘joke for a judge’. Whether he was correct will be irrelevant. Any attorney who publicly scorns a sitting judge is begging for a smack down…particularly when they kick it up 10 notches by calling the black community a bunch of “greedy coons”. Maybe McLawrence should plan a little vacation during his up-coming 6 month suspension…somewhere where those “greedy coons” won’t disrupt him.

  22. Bottom Feeder says:

    McLawrence accepts “a laughable rate for MO cases” because he is a bottom feeder…plain and simple.

  23. Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz says:

    the French Parliaments before the French Revolution were basically professional lawyers selecting the best lawyers to be Judges. They became a family-based corrupt
    Elite like the juries of the late Roman Empire lead by elected Judges notorious for bribery. Elected officials in the Weimar Republic could
    Not control or the voters Judges and they refused to put Nazis in prison over and over again. Anyone involved with getting someonea Judgeship – elected county or state or appointed – I have including relatives on the Federal bench in the past – knows at least elections give the chance for open public discussion. When Judgeships are handed out by appointment does anyone think chatting at urinals in the men’s room of the New York Bar Association is better than an election? Or in one Actual Local Recent Case – someones wealthy husband contributes 10 grand repeatedly to presidential candidates until his wife gets a Federal Judgeship?
    Does anyone realize how many appointed Judges are married to a). Elected officials b). Millionaire contributors to the appointing official?
    If my third cousins son the lawyer in Parkland or his lawyer wife wants a Judgeship – it will be cheaper to make a contribution thru x to say a Republican or thru y to a Republican or spend time like the old days at a bar near the NY bar association so I have to hit the head!

  24. Oh boy racist Buddy says:

    Let us take a look at the people Buddy target or Attack on here Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie as if Stranahan wasn’t mess up under Frank Till or Notter, Jahra Mclawrence, Ian Richards.
    Every now and then, he say few good words About a black person like Mr Jones to say he is not racist. Go figure..

  25. oh boy says:

    The history of the black sellout and
    making of the Coon.

  26. Oh boy says:

    What is a Coon?

  27. McLawrence Earned His Scrutiny says:

    So let me get this straight Mr “Oh Boy Racist”: McLawrence publicly labels the black community a bunch of greedy coons…Buddy Nevins reprints the Facebook tirade…and because of that you think that Nevins is the racist? Did you fall down and smack your little head when you conjured up that absurd point of view? McLawrence has earned every drop of ink he’s getting for his own racist actions. You reap what you sow pal.

  28. Walkin Lawton says:

    The old he-coon walks just before the light of day.

  29. Arthur Cohen says:

    The He-Coon legend has various explanations, but the one recently provided by capital reporter Lloyd Dunkelberger is as good as any: “A He-Coon is the biggest, craftiest raccoon. While the younger, less experienced raccoons go out early, the he-coon knows to wait until just about dawn, when the hunting dogs are tired, before venturing out.”