Saturday, May 17, 2014
Racist scum Robert Copeland makes me ashamed to be a New Hampshirite
The photo above is Robert Copeland. An eighty-two year old elected member of the Police Commission of Wolfboro, New Hampshire; a bigot; a man with zero social grace; a person of questionable integrity; possessing no dignity or sense of shame. He has now become the face of New Hampshire to over 300 million Americans. Although I don't live in that town, I am never the less ashamed to be associated with his home state.
Copeland was overheard calling President Obama a "fucking nigger." Not only was he unapologetic when challenged, he was actually indignant that his assessment of the President was being questioned. It seems the President "meets [his] criteria" for the epithet. When questioned by the press, he became enraged that reporters would dared question him on his use of the term much less make an issue of it, calling one local TV reporter "a skunk" for doing precisely what reporters do. I imagine it would be fair to proffer that had the reporter been black he'd have been called "a fucking nigger skunk."
Details here: http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11973699-95/wolfeboro-police-commissioner-under-scrutiny-for-racist-comments-about-obama
This would be reason enough to be ashamed to be a resident of a state that would elect this racist old fool to local office; but one of his fellow police commissioners, Joseph Balboni, went so far as to seemingly defend Copeland's right to free speech, condemning the town's and state's citizenry's expression of outrage,and offering how generous and fair Mr. Copeland has always been to the town - as though he is due a pass for his obscenity based on past financial contributions; or that the outrage against his comment was somehow an attempt to deny him his 1st amendment rights. This simply served to heap more disgrace upon an already disgraceful situation.
Yes, Mr. Copeland has the right to say what he pleases. This isn't in question. But so too do the public that he was elected to represent, and the people of the state in which he lives, have the right to condemn him for his backwardness, archaic incivility, lack of decency and gross behavior which casts us all in a bad light. The fact that New Hampshire has one of the nation's smallest populations of minorities should raise sensitivities to any bigotry and racism displayed by an elected official. Indeed, how can an African-American, or Hispanic, or Jew, or Muslim, or atheist, or any minority that Mr. Copeland may also harbor hatred toward, ever feel that their interests are being fairly represented by an admitted racist and bigot who goes so far as to take pride in his bigotry?
The jury is still out as to whether this piece of human flotsam can be recalled, and what pressure can be put on him or the town to unseat him. It's entirely possible that nothing can be done and that he will serve out his three year term which ends in 2017 - unless he dies before that by natural causes. If so, I harbor a hope for the latter.
Mr. Copeland's political party hasn't been specifically divulged as yet. However, his documented derogatory references to "liberals" eliminates a lot of the guess work. As a moderate and undeclared / independent voter I'm no admirer of either end of the political spectrum's fringe. But the mentality displayed by Copeland, and the many like thinking Republicans country wide - local, state and federal- who openly or covertly "hate that fucking nigger in the White House", make me glad to have left the "Party of God, Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny and Anti-Science" far behind years ago.
I can at least be proud of that.