|Swedesboro, NJ (Photo by Jeff Ackley on Unsplash)|
By Bradford Mason
Trump supporters are disgusting. These Franklinville, NJ Trump supporters mockingly re-enacted the George Floyd murder. This needs to go viral! Who is this man? pic.twitter.com/xOOV2F7yNs— Black Lives Matter (@HKrassenstein) June 8, 2020
Reports indicate that white Clark Township Mayor Sal Bonaccorso is getting backlash over comments he made at a protest rally when someone asked if he was pro-Black.
“I am pro-Black for all the good Black people that I know in my life,” Bonaccorso said to the crowd, who reacted negatively to his response. “Hey folks, listen, I can’t say I’m for anybody if I don’t know you. I’m for people. Good people, law-abiding, hard-working, good family, good friends, people with good intentions. If you’re Black great, if you’re white, great. If you’re Hispanic, great.”
Those in attendance criticized Bonaccorso for his statements saying he was out of touch with the issues. He later apologized in a statement.
“I pride myself on the fact that I never judge someone based on their skin color; but, only on who they are as a person and how they treat others,” Bonaccorso said. “I recognize that my remarks may not have accurately represented how I feel. Although I’ve been Mayor for a long time, I am still learning.”
Protests continue to take place throughout New Jersey including demonstrations in Wall Township, South Brunswick, Franklinville, Princeton, Roselle, Metuchen, Floral Park and Cranbury.
On June 19, on the holiday celebrating the official ending of slavery in America known as Juneteenth, protests are taking place in Teaneck at Teaneck High School and the Somerset County Courthouse in Sommerville.