Tony Daniel, known as the man behind a truck covered in racist slogans often seen around Tampa, is again courting controversy, this time in a legal battle with his own daughter.
Anthony Mark “Tony” Daniel, 59, is a controversial political activist who has been actively battling city officials over unpermitted construction on a home at 2204 E. Ida St. in Tampa.
People in the Tampa Bay-area may recognize Daniel by way of his unusual protest tactics using his pickup truck, which the Tampa Bay Times described as “confusing and misleading.”
Daniel — who is black — drives a pickup truck “with a large sign showing a Confederate flag, a Nazi flag, a photo of a lynching, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s photo, references to Home Depot and multiple uses of the word ‘nigger.’”
Most onlookers assume truck’s owner is a white supremacist; people often call City Hall to complain.
Fulani Daniel is Tony Daniel’s 34-year-old daughter. According to Florida Department of Health records, she is a licensed massage therapist, a dental hygienist, and a former certified nursing assistant.
Fulani had been the titleholder of the home in question until quit-claiming to Rosanna Bass in January 2017.
According to the Times, Tampa city officials say Bass “has come to City Hall to deliver handwritten letters from Daniel and has put Daniel on a speaker phone to discuss the house with a city attorney.”
In March 1989, the then-St. Petersburg Times reported Tony Daniel was banned from Fulani’s home. She was 6 years old at the time. Tony Daniel had been arrested “on charges of inciting a riot last month following the death of a black drug suspect.” The incident also involved members of the African People’s Socialist Party, also known as the Uhuru movement.
“‘I am more active than most parents,’ Daniels said after the hearing, as his daughter played nearby. ‘Here I am trying to keep my family together, and the court is trying to ban this right.’”
In a stalking petition filed June 13, later granted by the court, Fulani says her father has stalked, harassed and threatened her over an “abundance of occurrences” to force her to place the properties in his girlfriend’s name. She also accused Tony Daniel of telling a relative he would kill Fulani if she refused.
Fulani described herself as a “charitable, law-abiding professional” whose life is being derailed by a man suffering from “delusions of grandeur, narcissism, delusions of persecution and sociopathic/antisocial behavior.” She also noted that several employers have retracted job offers after Googling Fulani’s name, fearing her father will picket and harass them.
“I am being shunned because of his crazy behavior/views,” Fulani wrote. “I am sadly facing the reality that my father is a very sick man that will never seek help. I humbly ask that a permanent order of restraint be filed against him.”
Online court dockets show Tony has also filed multiple briefs to oppose his daughter’s restraining order.
On Aug. 8, Tony Daniel filed suit — possibly unrelated to the restraining order — against Fulani Daniel. In it, he claims entitlement on two vacant properties — one commercial, one residential — titled in Fulani’s name. Tony Daniel said Fulani promised “in open court” to sign them over, but has not yet done so.
The suit says the only reason he titled the properties in Fulani’s name and that of her brother in the first place was for Tony to “avoid ongoing harassment” by several city agencies and the Tampa Police Department. The two vacant properties are at 4101 N. 22nd St. and at 1908 31st Ave., both in Tampa
The March 2017 Times article also notes Tony Daniel is a “well-known as an organizer of alcohol- and drug-free talent shows, car shows and dance parties since the 1990s.” His Facebook page advertises The Music Spot, a business selling music and movies found at 4106 N. 22nd St. in Tampa.