KENLY, NORTH CAROLINA HIRES BLACK WOMAN AS CITY MANAGER, ENTIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT QUITS
Racist much? Kenly, North Carolina is in the news, and not in a good way this week. It’s only a town of 1,500 people, but this should make headlines regardless. Kenly’s city council recently unanimously supported the hiring of Justine Jones as the new city manager. But Justine Jones is a black woman, which seems to be a problem for the local police department. And I mean the entire police department. Every singly officer from the chief on down quits because a black woman is the new city manager? Well, yes. Hence the racist much question.
COPS SAID THAT WORKING FOR BLACK WOMAN CITY MANAGER WOULD BE HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Jones is no newcomer to working in government, having been on the job in various capacities for 16 years. So she is clearly qualified. So what is the problem with these cops? Some of them literally said that they had to quit because it was going to be a “hostile” work environment for them. But hostile, how? Because Jones is black, or because she’s a woman? Or both? Is it maybe because every single cop who called it quits is white? Or is that just coincidence? The now former police chief Josh Gibson complained on social media that she had written him up a few times and was targeting him.
OR IS IT REALLY BECAUSE NEW CITY MANAGER WOULD HOLD COPS ACCOUNTABLE FOR HARASSMENT?
So if you think that the town of Kenly is now having to have some conversations about public safety and race relations, that’s an understatement. Because the town no longer has a police force, at all, because an all-white police department refuses to answer to a black woman. I’d have to describe these cops as uppity. That’s fair, isn’t it? Especially as a number of the town’s black residents feel like these (former) cops supported them as members of the community. And, of course, that they also harassed black residents.
One former town resident says that Jones didn’t know what the “off the books rules were” when it came to policing. I’m guessing those rules mean that black people in Kenly didn’t have basic rights, and that was just normal.