A board of trustees meeting ended in arguments, cheers and bewilderment after a female board member said she was tired of hearing her white colleagues speak on the town’s diversity, equality and inclusion statement. The female board member even verbally attacked the mayor of the town, who is a Palestinian immigrant, stating: “Your skin is light enough. Stop it!”
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Tempers flared at the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, town meeting last Monday night. Trustee Dan Moroney spoke about proposing a new diversity statement for Oak Park. Moroney used an example of the local police being vilified by residents in the area after some of them claimed the police were part of a “system of oppression.”
Moroney said he didn’t want “to send the message to our police department that they are a system of oppression.”
A local newspaper had argued in a recent article that racial equality could begin to take place if there was redistribution of wealth, The Blaze reported. But Moroney said, “That’s not something I’m in favor of.” Instead, he argued that the typical capitalistic society would actually lead to greater equity.
Trustee Susan Buchanan, who has been on the board since April, apparently had heard enough and went on a tirade against several of her colleagues. “I am so tired of hearing two white men tell us what systems of oppression are,” she said as the crowd applauded.
“You have been white from birth. Why are you arguing what is a system of oppression? You’ve never experienced it, so shut up! I don’t want to hear from you! Just stop Dan, just stop Deno. You are not oppressed people and people in Oak Park are and we are trying to recognize that as a community.”
Ironically, Buchanan is white, which seemed to be her main argument against her other two colleagues. She then started scolding the two nearby men like a high school gym teacher by pointing at them and stated: “And you stop it! You are a white male! You stop it, you are a white male!”
She then set her sights on Anan Abu-Taleb, the town’s mayor who is a Palestinian immigrant. “Your skin is light enough. Stop it!” she said while she waved her finger in his face.
Clip of the Day: Oak Park, Ill. town trustee Susan Buchanan lambastes her colleagues for discussing updating the town’s diversity statement while being white. pic.twitter.com/CzBG2HqpYi
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 10, 2019