The Jury Talks Back

8/25/2019

City Council Candidate’s Pitch to Voters: Let’s Keep Our Town White!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:26 am

[guest post by Dana]

It’s 2019, and she really said it:

A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible.”

Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she’s one of five candidates running for three council seats in November.

More than 90% of Marysville’s 9,700-person population is white.

Cramer responded when the moderator asked candidates if Marysville should do more to attract foreign-born residents, who are boosting populations in some Great Lakes states.

“Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible,” she replied. “White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people.”

Seriously, in other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people because of what, in our past, we’ve experienced it’s better to have, simply American-born. Put it that way and no foreigners. No.”

Marysville’s Mayor Pro Tem, Kathy Hayman, whose son-in-law is black and grandchildren biracial, was stunned by Cramer’s comments:

“I don’t even know that I can talk yet, I’m so upset and shocked. My father was a hundred percent Syrian, and they owned the Lynwood Bar. It was a grocery store at that time. So basically, what you’ve said is that my father and his family had no business to be in this community.”

Marysville mayor, Dan Damman, used the words “vile” and “jaw-dropping” to describe Cramer’s comments:

“Mrs. Cramer’s disturbing and disgusting ideology is flatly rejected by me, our entire City Council, all of city administration, and our employees. The candidate forum was to be a mechanism to learn about the candidates and their viewpoints, thus empowering our electorate to make an informed decision before voting. The only positive result from this clear expression of overt and unapologetic racism is that this candidate’s views were put on display before our voters go the polls in November.”

I’d say the candidate forum was a great success in accomplishing what it set out to do: Marysville residents know precisely where Jean Cramer stands. Vote accordingly.

After the forum, when asked to explain her comments, Cramer mocked God by rendering judgment on Hayman and her family, and misrepresented the Christian faith with this spectacular line of bullshit:

“What Kathy Hayman doesn’t know is that her family is in the wrong. (A) husband and wife need to be the same race. Same thing with kids. That’s how it’s been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But as far as me being against blacks, no I’m not.”

Cramer doubled down on her comments the next day:

Asked if she understood why [her comments] might upset her neighbors, she said: “If there is the biracial marriage in the family, yes.”

“Because those people don’t know the other side of it,” she said. “For whatever reason, I’ve heard, they love each other, whatever, but there’s also such a thing as remaining single. People don’t necessarily have to get married, and, if they love somebody, love them single. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Cramer also told ABC affiliate WXYX-TV, that:

… she is not racist… that she would not have a problem with black people moving into Marysville… as long as they were committed to keeping their properties looking nice.

And more about those “foreigners”:

Cramer then proceeded to say that she doesn’t want foreigners who are pushy moving to Marysville. She said they should “go back” and fix the problems in their country instead of coming to America.

Further:

“As far as I know, as long as we’ve been here, Marysville has been a white community, a white city,” she said. “… If we have seen a black person here and there, whatever, we’re not bothered by it. I’m not bothered by it.”

While Mayor Damman, local leaders, and Kevin Watkins, president of the Port Huron chapter of the NAACP, have called for her to withdraw from the city council race, Cramer said she has no plans to back out.

Anyway, this comment by Cramer reminds me of someone:

She reportedly said that she didn’t want “pushy” foreigners moving in and that they should “go back” to their native countries and fix issues there.

Oh yeah, this guy:

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–Dana

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