No doubt, the U.S. still has a long way to go regarding race relations. Still, it is encouraging to note that a significant amount of people will stand up and protest what they consider to be racist sentiments from public officials and that their voices sometimes are heard loudly and cleary.
Mo. mayor resigns after anti-Semitic remarks, shootings
Steve Pokin, The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
MARIONVILLE, Mo. — Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Monday for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted to start the impeachment process.
Clevenger, 59, said he was personally hurt to hear resident after resident say he was a local and national embarrassment to the city.
Clevenger has said he was friends with Miller, who was arrested after he opened fire at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City April 13, killing three people. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller — who also used the name Frazier Glenn Cross — is a former “grand dragon” of the Ku Klux Klan with a long history of running illegal paramilitary organizations and intimidating minorities.
Clevenger had told the News-Leader last week that he would not resign. He was asked why he changed his mind. He silently motioned to the residents who had come to the meeting.