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School Board Member Faces Backlash For Posting Picture Of Noose On Facebook

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Tangipahoa Parish School Board member Mike Whitlow is facing heavy backlash for posting a picture of a noose on his public Facebook page. The picture had the caption: “If we want to make America great again, we will have to make evil people fear punishment again.” Tangipahoa Parish council member  Louis Joseph says it was a bad idea.

 

Joseph says that kind of behavior is unacceptable for someone in a position of authority.

 

Whitlow says the post was not racially motivated, and was only inspired by an article he read that called for stiffer prison sentences for violent offenders. He says he’s taken the appropriate steps to remedy the situation.

 

Whitlow says negative reactions to his post are misplaced, and has no intention of stepping down.