LETTER: Speaking out about racism in York County


The West York mayor's racist Facebook posts are despicable and reprehensible. He must resign. Imagine being a black or brown child living there. Every child of color is educated by parents that the color of their skin is a problem for some white people. They are taught how to live safely in that environment. Would you trust this mayor to keep you safe?

Residents and community members gather to protest behaviors of the Mayor Wasko during a Council Meeting in West York Borough, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The council would unanimously give directive to borough solicitor Mieke Driscoll to look into "any means necessary" to remove Wasko as mayor. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The mayor has posted racist rants about our president, posting a noose with the words, "Barry, this rope is for you." I would love to see the Secret Service charge him with making threats or inciting domestic terrorism.

York County has a long sordid history with racism. It was evident in 2008 when Barack Obama ran for office. It was evident to me while making calls during Tom Wolf's gubernatorial campaign and reached voters who used disgusting verbiage, about the black man in the White House.

I used to think that racism would dissipate as generations died out, and it does happen, but not quickly enough to change mentalities, especially in York County. I've decided you can't fix racists.

But you can call anyone on their prejudice. They accomplished nothing when they were born white. Tell them DNA tests prove that we are all out of Africa and our ancestors had dark skin. Let them understand that we are members of the same race, the human race. Tell them some of us have Neanderthal DNA but that indigenous sub Saharan Africans lack Neanderthal DNA because their ancestors did not migrate through Eurasia. Let them stew on that.

I hope one day we can look around and marvel at the diverse and interesting people that live in our country born from immigration. Unfortunately, it won't happen in my lifetime, but while I am here, I am not staying quiet.


Springettsbury Township