Looks like Donald Sterling isn’t the only one unapologetic about his racist views.
An 82-year-old police commissioner in a New Hampshire town is refusing to apologize for calling President Obama the n-word. On Thursday, residents in the town of Wolfeboro (population of 6,300 white residents and 20 black residents) called for his resignation at a meeting while he sat, defiantly, with crossed arms.
New town resident Jane O’Toole said she overheard Robert Copeland use the racial slur at a restaurant in March. O’Toole wrote a letter to the Town Manager to inform him of the incident. Shortly after, Copeland emailed her directly, acknowledging the use of the epithet but stating that he was not sorry.
In the email, he also refused to identify the President by name.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse,” Copeland said in the email to his fellow police commissioners, part of which he forwarded to O’Toole. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
Copeland, who has declined to be interviewed, is one of three members of the police commission, which hires, fires and disciplines officers and sets their salaries. He ran unopposed for re-election and secured another three-year term on March 11.
Sadly, it looks like Copeland may get away with his racist views.
Town Manager David Owen said Thursday that while he finds Copeland’s comment “reprehensible,” he and the board of selectmen have no authority to remove an elected official. He said he expected a large number of residents would call for Copeland’s resignation at the police commission meeting, and they did.
More than 100 people, including O’Toole, attended the meeting to call for Copeland’s resignation — two dozen of those in attendance spoke at Thursday’s meeting to call on Copeland to quit, but at least two spoke in his defense.
“Comments like these, especially coming from a public official, are not only inexcusable but also terribly, unfortunately, reflects poorly on our town,” said O’Toole, who was met with resounding applause.
Resident Frank Bader mocked those who took offense at Copeland’s comments in a state that prizes freedom.
“All this man did was express his displeasure with the man who’s in office,” Bader said.
And with black people…obviously.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.