Of course, this is in my state. The Republican Mayor Patsy Capshaw Skipper of Midland City, Alabama lost her post to a Black candidate.
Skipper got angry on Facebook after the election. One of her friends asked her how the election went, and she said:
“I lost. The ni**er won.”
Here is a screenshot of the Facebook post via Twitter:
— Verity Now (@VerityNowBlog) August 26, 2016
Skipper was named Interim Mayor in February when her husband had to retire for health reasons. She had served on the city council for three years.
Skipper’s Facebook profile is private now, but you can see some posts from 2015. She had many extremist, Republican memes on it with such sayings as:
“I want a White House that honors God. Share if you agree!”
“We are never defeated unless we give up on God. Share if you agree!”
She gave a totally stereotypical excuse for her racist post:
“My Facebook has been messed up for several weeks, and I haven’t been using it. I think I’ve been hacked.”
Mrs. Skipper recently had heart surgery and claims she wasn’t using Facebook at all and it was “the least of her worries.”
The posting has since been removed. Skipper got gracious and said this about the new mayor, Jo Ann Bennett Grimsley:
“I hope she does a great job for the city and I am very happy for her.”
A Midland City Councilman, George Williams, said:
“It’s ridiculous now, ridiculous, and this is who is representing me? Come on. Get real. I really don’t understand her thought process, how you could say something like that in 2016.”
Skipper’s opponent (who is now mayor), Jo Ann Bennett Grimsley, said:
“I wear many hats … And I know I’m going to make a good mayor for all the people, not for some, all the people of midland city, because I love my community and I love midland city and all the people that’s here.[sic]”
This makes me mad because Skipper is perpetuating the stereotype that everyone from Alabama is a racist. Yes, unfortunately, there is still racism, but we are not all racist.
Here is a video from Buzzfeed about Southern Problems:
Featured image via Twitter.