Charles Wasko, the mayor of a small Pennsylvania town West York, is being pressured to resign over a racist image he posted on his Facebook page. His town has a population of around 4,500 people, of which 90 percent are white.
On June 19, Wasko shared a photo of orangutans and compared it to the first family of the United States. The picture had the text reading, “ Awww… moving day at the White House has finally arrived.”
As appalling as this may be, it is not the first time that Wasko, who was elected mayor in 2013, has posted something so controversial. Just last month, he shared an image of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with the hashtag #TooBigToJail.
“Wellllll, We will just have to get her a bigger cell,” he titled the photo.
Wasko is a staunch Trump supporter (as evident) and thus clearly follows his footsteps of being racist, sexist and a xenophobe, among many other things.
Wasko previously shared an image of actor Clint Eastwood holding a noose. The picture is specially concerning since it is sheer proof of violence and racism.
“Of particular concern are any images with undertones of violence — lynching or that are threatening in nature,” said acting police chief Matthew Millsaps.
“We call upon them, other council members and the West York community to take a stand against the mayor's actions that are based on racial bias and stereotypes and that exceed any protections of political speech,” Sandra Thompson, who heads the York branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The York NAACP plans to soon take action against the mayor and wants him removed him from office.
At a time when racial intolerance is at an all-time high in the country and Donald Trump is further fueling the hate rhetoric by proposing discriminatory polices, such as racial profiling and stop and frisk, letting someone like Wasko continue as mayor will only make matters worse.
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