State rep, West York mayor move past racial slur

David Weissman

West York Mayor Shawn Mauck and state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans have moved past an incident in which the former used a racial slur at a borough meeting and the latter walked out.

West York Mayor Shawn Mauck talks about his first 100 day goals, including the creation of a junior policing program, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

During the meeting last week, the mayor was describing conversations he's had with families, including one woman who told him other residents have called her children "n------" and worse.

At his use of the full slur, Hill-Evans stood up and walked out of the meeting.

The York City Democrat did not return calls about the incident last week, but this week she said she's moved on and intends to continue attending West York's meetings. She declined to comment further.

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The day after the meeting, Mauck told The York Dispatch he wished he had just used the term "n-word," but he felt talking about racial injustice in the borough is necessary to make real change.

Several local community activists promoting racial equality came to Mauck's defense, pointing out that the mayor's context for using the word is important, and he is an important ally for minority groups in the area.

State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, is supporting a bill that would mandate electronic prescribing of opioid medications.

Carla Christopher, equity coordinator at the York County School of Technology, said too many residents continue to deny racial prejudice ever occurs in York County.

She also said she understands certain words can be triggering for people and will never get angry at someone for practicing self-care.

Mauck said he has the utmost respect for Hill-Evans, and he's proud to be able to work with her to push the district in a positive direction.

The two have spoken and decided to leave the issue in the past while, in the future, they plan to come together to plant a tree in a belated Earth Day celebration, according to Mauck. Earth Day was  Saturday, and Mauck said they are just waiting for dry weather.