Buffalo Teachers Federation To Seek Removal Of Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino Following His “Racist, Demented And Obscene” Comments Involving President Obama & The First Lady
BTF Executive Committee & Council Of Delegates Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Paladino’s Comments & Strengthening Its Pledge To Work With Concerned Groups To Have Him Removed From The Board Of Education
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – A resolution condemning the racist, demented and obscene e-mails sent by Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino that targeted President Obama and the First Lady was unanimously passed by the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) on Thursday (January 12th), as the BTF also strengthened its pledged action to work with those groups whose aim is have Paladino removed from the Buffalo Board of Education.
The resolution was passed by the BTF’s Executive Committee and Council of Delegates, the Teachers’ Union’s highest governing body that’s composed of representatives from all Buffalo Public Schools.
“While Mr. Paladino has been ‘attempting to deflect attention’ from his ‘demented actions and statements,’ he ‘cannot hide from them,’” BTF President Phil Rumore said. “In the interest of our students’ education and self-image, ‘he must be removed’ from the Board of Education. And his attempt to ‘falsely tarnish reputations’ of the superintendent and other Board of Education Members to ‘again try to deflect attention’ from his ‘pathetic comments and actions’ and his ‘illegal release’ - ‘in violation of trust’ - of information from the executive sessions of the board, ‘further shows his unworthiness to serve’ on the school board.”
The BTF Resolution read as follows:
WHEREAS: During Carl Paladino’s unsuccessful campaign for Governor of New York State, he e-mailed what many consider racist, demented and obscene emails, such as: A scantily-dressed First Lady Michelle Obama holding hands with President Obama dressed as what many interpret as a “pimp” with a large dollar sign hanging from his neck attending a “White House Ball;” An airplane crashing into a field of men of color with the caption: “Holy Shit - Run niggers, run!;” A horse sexually assaulting a woman. “Subject: Easy, Steady Big Fella”, and;
WHEREAS: In the December 22nd - December 28nd, 2016 edition of ArtVoice, in answer to the question: “1. What would you most like to happen in 2017?” and “2. What would you like to see go away in 2017?,” Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino replied: “1. Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cellmate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her” and “2. Michelle Obama. 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.” and;
WHEREAS: Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino had been reported as saying he was going to forward his (ArtVoice) response to a couple of friends but “I didn’t hit ‘forward,’ I hit ‘reply.’ All men make mistakes.” However, in an interview with The New York Times, when “Asked why he wanted to see the First Lady live with a gorilla in Africa,” he paused for a long time, then said: ‘What’s wrong with that?’” In response to community and National outrage he once again focused on race, “It’s about a president who for eight years did absolutely nothing for black children in our urban centers held prisoner by the cycle of poverty and illegitimate black leadership more interested in power and preserving their voting base by keeping them hungry and uneducated in the inner cities” and “and yes, it’s about a little deprecating humor which America lost for a long time. Merry Christmas and tough luck if you don’t like my answer,” and;
WHEREAS: Carl Paladino’s statements, as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, whose responsibility is to; provide a positive role model for our students and community not take actions that negatively impact our students’ education and self-image, and;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Buffalo Teachers Federation condemns the statements of Board of Education member Carl Paladino, as detrimental to the education and self-image of our students, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Buffalo Teachers Federation will seek New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) legal and other necessary assistance to have Board member Carl Paladino removed from the Buffalo Board of Education.
RECOMMENDED: Philip Rumore, President
MOVED: Edith LeWin, Vice President
SECOND: Rebecca Pordum, Treasurer
PASSED BY THE BUFFALO TEACHERS FEDERATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE