Target: John McTaggart, Mayor of Edwardsville, Kansas
Goal: Fire city council member for alleged racist and sexist tirade against a teenage girl.
A young African American girl was allegedly told to “go back to Baltimore” by Edwardsville, Kansas City Council member Chuck Stites during a traffic dispute. Stites is now being investigated for the apparent incident. Demand that he be fired from his position at once if the investigation finds him responsible for the hateful outburst.
According to 17-year-old Kali Chapman, Stites subjected her to bigoted obscenities after a near-collision involving their two vehicles. She attests that she was just driving along one day when their cars almost collided after she made a right turn while Stites continued going straight, despite the fact that he had his right-turn signal on. This is when things apparently got ugly.
Chapman says she tried to apologize to Stites, but that he was not cooperative. She reports that he shouted at her to “go back to Baltimore,” in an apparent reference to the recent uprisings in the city over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody and the continual murders of black men and women by cops. Chapman also alleges that Stites went on to call her a “black n****r b*tch” before the confrontation ended.
This kind of racist, misogynistic behavior cannot be tolerated on the part of anyone, especially those in positions of power at any level of government. Sign the petition below to demand that Stites be fired from the Edwardsville City Council immediately if the investigation determines that the allegations as laid out above are true.
Dear Mayor McTaggart,
I am writing you today regarding the disturbing allegations that have been leveled against your city’s council member Chuck Stites. I am pleased to hear that the Kansas Bureau of Investigations is looking into the incident, but I am fearful that even if he is found responsible for the reported outburst he will not face serious repercussions.
Despite what many people say, racism is alive and well in the United States. It shows up in discourse over immigration, over terrorism, and over police violence. Unfortunately, the people in our local, state, and national governments are never exempt from this bigotry, and indeed, sometimes seem to be even more susceptible to it than the average American.
Racism should never be tolerated coming from anyone, but especially not by people in positions of power in government. Too often, though, even when government officials demonstrate their hateful biases, they are not held accountable for them.
The people of Edwardsville should not be forced to tolerate a racist or misogynistic person in their city council. I demand that if the Kansas Bureau of Investigations concludes that Stites indeed made the alleged racist comments, you fire him at once.
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