Trump’s New York campaign co-chair Carl Paladino recent caused an uproar by writing in Artvoice that he wanted Michelle Obama to go away in 2017, stating “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
Paladino’s virulently hateful words were condemned across the board, and the Buffalo School board member was forced to offer up what he felt was an appropriate excuse and apology. It is perhaps even more insulting than his original words.
Said Paladino to Artvoice in defense of his textbook racist comments: “I filled out the survey to send to a couple friends and forwarded it to them not realizing that I didn’t hit ‘forward’ I hit ‘reply.’ All men make mistakes. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings. I don’t intend to yield to the fanatics among my adversaries. I certainly am not a racist.” People certainly are not buying Paladino’s lame-brained “apology.”
Wrote Janai Nelson, a counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “Mr. Paladino’s race-based assessment of President and Mrs. Obama’s qualifications cannot be reconciled with his mandate to ensure that all of the children of Buffalo receive a quality education. To the contrary, Mr. Paladino’s racist tropes can and will have an especially insidious impact on Buffalo’s children of color, who will be expected to accept that someone who is entrusted with their educational development links blackness to inhumanity.” Do you think Paladino should get kicked off the Buffalo School Board?