Target: Earl Bullard, Mayor of Latta, South Carolina
Goal: Resign after firing police chief for being gay
By all accounts, Crystal Moore, police chief of Latta, South Carolina was good at her job. Unfortunately for her, she is also gay in a town with a wildly homophobic mayor. Crystal Moore was fired from her position shortly after receiving a series of highly dubious reprimands in rapid succession, from her boss, Mayor Earl Bullard. In twenty years as a police officer, Moore had never received a single reprimand until April 2014. In a rejection of policy and protocol, Mayor Bullard did not discuss any misgivings about her performance with Moore, before firing her. Many in the town suspected that Bullard’s firing of his police chief may have been motivated by hatred for the gay community. Their suspicions were validated when an audio recording of Bullard going off on a homophobic tirade was released to the news media. This man is clearly a bigot who is not above discrimination. The people of Latta, South Carolina deserve better. Crystal Moore deserves better. Demand that Mayor Earl Bullard resigns today.
The day after Moore was fired, residents in this sleepy town already suspected that it was due to her sexual orientation. Residents picketed outside the town hall, demanding that their police chief be given her job back. The tiny hamlet even held a prayer vigil in her honor. Crystal Moore herself attended the protest. She told the local news media, “I can’t believe that we still have no equal rights. That’s the biggest issue. I’ve been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it’s been this public. I’d tried living a quiet decent life and do what I’m supposed to.” Not long after Moore gave her statement, an audio recording was released of Mayor Bullard raging against the gay community and expressing views of astounding ignorance.
On Thursday, April 17, the city council took action, voting to remove some of Bullard’s responsibility until a thorough investigation could be conducted. Their swift decision-making is admirable, but what would be more admirable would be if Earl Bullard stepped down as mayor. It is clear that his town does not want to be represented by a bigot, nor does his city council believe he is capable of running the town. Demand that Mayor Bullard step down today.
Dear Earl Bufford,
Crystal Moore’s sexual orientation in no way interferes with her ability to do her job. Homophobic actions and views like the ones you have displayed are not only profoundly ignorant, they are dangerous. The people of Latta did not elect you to choose whose sexuality is right or wrong, but simply to run their municipal government.
I am writing to you today to demand that you step down as Mayor of Latta, South Carolina and offer an apology to Crystal Moore.
[Your Name Here]
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