AFRICANGLOBE – A Pennsylvannia city council is calling for their mayor to step down for constantly posting racist remarks on his public social media page.
Charles Wasko, mayor of West York, repeatedly compared President Obama and his family to monkeys and also joked about lynching him in various posts to his Facebook page.
While the offensive posts remain online as of this writing, here are screenshots of just a few examples of the mayor’s offensive posts in the event they get taken down. Currently active links to these posts can be found here, here, and here.
When the racist Facebook posts started to garner media scrutiny, City Council president Shawn Mauck was appalled.“I almost don’t know what to say,” Mauck told local reporters. “I almost want to throw up.”
Mauck has called on Wasko to resign, along with at least four of the council’s seven members.
The mayor has blown off requests for comment, and has continued to share several anti-liberal and pro-Trump posts.
West York’s population holds 5,000 people, a quarter of which are non-whites.
“With those types of thoughts in your mind, how can you oversee the police department?” said City Councilman Brian Wilson. “We can’t have anybody being racist or bigoted — especially an elected official.”
Local attorney and head of the local NAACP chapter Sandra Thompson has since called on city officials to take action.
“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,” Thompson wrote. “Now that York NAACP has been made aware, we will be seeking to take action, because his obvious bias against Black people has an effect on all his constituents, which he seems to forget includes Black people.”
By: Nathan Wellman