Mayor Who Published Racist Posts May Get the Boot

Mayor Who Published Racist Posts May Get the Boot

West York Mayor Charles Wasko may lose job after uproar over racist Facebook posts

by #teamEBONY, October 17, 2016

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Mayor Who Published Racist Posts May Get the Boot

A Pennsylvania town council is expected to vote on a resignation proposal by the mayor after an uproar over racist posts on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family.

One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to “moving day” at the White House. Another referred to lynching.



The image was posted by West York Mayor Charles Wasko. It showed Clint Eastwood from the film, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and a noose. The caption read, “Barry, this rope is for you. You wanna bring that empty chair over here!”

Wasko also reposted an image of orangutans in a wheelbarrow with the caption, “Moving day at the White House.”

The West York borough council has already voted to censure Republican Mayor Charles Wasko, but they have no power to throw him out of office.

Wasko has said he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” originating with a fight over the borough’s acting police chief.
But in an interview earlier this month with Harrisburg TV station WHTM, he also said: “The racist stuff, yeah. I’ll admit I did that, and I don’t care what people label me as.” He added that he did not regret the posts.

Wasko has offered to resign if the borough reinstates the previous police chief, who is on paid leave.

The council was scheduled to meet Monday night.

 

 





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