Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Police Commissioner
Feels Just Fine Calling Obama the N-Word
Robert Copeland says his use of derogatory
language is no secret.
WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word.
Town resident Jane O'Toole, who moved to Wolfeboro four months ago, said she overheard the elected official, while dining at a local restaurant say loudly that he hates watching television because every time he turns it on he sees “that f------ n-----," referring to Obama, the Concord Monitor reports. After some weeks of soul searching and speaking to others about the incident, O'Toole decided to issue a complaint. Copeland, in an email to her, acknowledged using the slur in referring to the president and said he will not apologize.
“While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic. My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among them undeserving of respect is no secret. It is the exercise of my First Amendment rights,” he wrote. “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. "For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."
About 20 black people live in Wolfeboro, a town of 6,300 residents in the scenic Lakes Region, in the central part of New Hampshire, a state that's 94 percent white and 1 percent black. None of the town police department's 12 full-time officers is black or a member of another minority.
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 packed into the meeting room at the Wolfeboro Public Library, where librarian Joyce Davis said she can't remember an issue in 40 years that has sparked so much emotion and outcry. Many of the people wore on their shirts handmade stickers saying, "Resign," directed at Copeland.
"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.
Nearly two dozen speakers at Thursday's meeting called on Copeland to quit, and two spoke in his defense. 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.
After Balboni closed the meeting's public comment session, many people in the audience descended on Copeland, who remained seated at the commissioners' table and staunchly refused to engage them.
"I want to think about what's going on and decide," he said.
LINK TO STORY: http://news.msn.com/us/towns-white-police-official-calls-obama-n-word
Well first of all, nosey busibody resident Jane O'Toole has no business making public or filing a complint concerning what she overheard in someone elses private conversation. It doesn't matter if he is a public servant or not, private conversations are just that....... PRIVATE!
If two people are having a private conversation, they can say whatever they want! If they want to refer to someone as a nigger, jew, diego, wop, jap, potatoe head, dumb ass, polock, etc., they have every right to. It is a private conversation!
Are we living in a Hitlarian society now where we have to be carefull of every little thing we say in private conversations for fear of being overheard and reported by busibodies who have nothing constructive to do in their lives?
People have made jokes about and spoken like this, expressing their displeasure for individuals, groups, races, religions, genders, etc., since man has been on this earth. Some of the various jokes are hilarious. If people can't take some joking or criticism it's too bad. They shouldn't take themselves so seriously.
No one is is ever going to stop people from expressing themselves in this way. It seems if derogatory remarks are made about groups other than blacks or homosexuals it is not such a big deal, but with those two groups a national incident is made of it and on the news for weeks. Get over it, don't be so overly sensitive. You can't change peoples minds by passing laws like the feds did for the blacks and homosexuals, making them "Special Groups" with special priviledges apart from the rest of us.
As far as the phoney Pres Obama is concerned, people have a right to express their opinion about him, especially in private. You shouldn't be in public office if you can't take it. It comes with the teritory.
Personally, I don't care if the President of this country is black, white or whatever. Don't forget Obama is half white. I don't like the black OR the white side of him because he is totally un-American, ruining this country as we knew it, leading us into corporate Marxism and slavery. If he were a Constitutional President I would like him no matter who he was.
The Police Commissioner was being easy on Obama with the name he called him. I can think of much worse names he deserves to be called. Obama is NO GOOD! He is dismantling this country systematicly.