6-2: Two Buffalo Board Members Vote YES in Support of Racist Carl...

6-2: Two Buffalo Board Members Vote YES in Support of Racist Carl Paladino


“We are in a serious moral crisis. Paladino still got two votes,” wrote Gerald Givens in a tweet after the vote on whether Carl Paladino should remain on the Buffalo School Board.

Paladino is Donald Trump’s New York State co-Chair who is also a millionaire businessman and friend of the President-Elect. Paladino was also the Republican nominee for Governor of New York in 2010. He was defeated by Andrew Cuomo. 

But two members of the Board voted to keep Paladino on the school board. They were Piece and Quinn. The vote was the first step in removing Paladino from the Board.

Patti Pierce, a school board member, called on the city and the district to forgive Carl Paladino. She said she was repulsed by his comments but said, “He owes them the apology.” Pierce felt Paladino was getting off too easy.

The second Board member, Larry Quinn, called for patience and asked for Paladino to apologize to each child in the district. Quinn also admitted he has told racist jokes and said America “has a long way to go,” on race.

Paladino, 70,  was interviewed by Artvoice, a Buffalo weekly newspaper, on December 23, and asked what he would like to see happen in 2017.  Paladino replied: “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Her[e]ford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to [senior White House advisor] Valerie Jarrett who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.” 

After Artvoice asked Paladino asked “what he would most like to see go in 2017”, Paladino replied: “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.” Paladino’s words were printed alongside those of other community members asked the same questions and his racist remarks went viral in the press and became national news.

On December 23, Paladino was called by largest newspaper in the city, The Buffalo News. The paper asked him if he really made the comments to Artvoice. Paladino answered: “Of course I did” and told the editors to “go f*ck themselves” for asking.

After the Board’s vote, Paladino issued a statement:

“The Board of Education’s action today is certainly not an illustration of a profile in courage or leadership. City of Buffalo Council members, legislators, the mayor and county executive have joined in the chorus of those board members seeking my removal so as to push back on me to not disclose their culpability in rigging the recent teachers’ contract or their complicity in trying to unfairly settle the board’s $450 million lawsuit against Lou Ciminelli for fleecing the citizens and children of Buffalo. I will fight to the end to continue to expose the corruption.” 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke