The mayor of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, obtained threatening and racist messages over an order requiring residents to put on face coverings whereas in public areas — the worst of which declared that he “ought to swing from a tree” for instituting the coverage.
Quinton Lucas, who’s black, shared the texts and a doctored photograph he obtained in a Twitter thread Monday — the identical day his masks order took impact.
The order, which was announced last Friday, might be in impact for 2 weeks.
The threats present a string of texts accusing the mayor of “not responding to whites.” The sender additionally seemed to be upset concerning the masks requirement, asking “What are the repercussions for not carrying a masks in public beginning Tuesday?”
Earlier than Lucas may reply, the sender proceeded to name him the n-word, and implied that the mayor must be lynched.
“It is best to swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, however would like to see it,” they wrote.
“Unfavourable has elevated dramatically since COVID started and has continued by means of protest motion and now’s fairly common from totally different extremes,” the mayor stated when a Kansas Metropolis Star sports activities reporter replied to his thread asking how typically it occurred.
“Precise racial slurs and threats are rare. Basic delinquent commentary is typical now. I determine it’ll proceed for some time,” Lucas wrote.
The opposite publish confirmed a side-by-side comparability of an edited and unedited photograph of the mayor and one other particular person holding t-shirts at a radio station.
The edited photograph makes it appear to be Lucas and the opposite man are holding t-shirts that say ‘F*** the Police’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ — although the unique photograph reveals the shirts have been commercials for 96.5 The Buzz, the native FM station he was visiting.
“Who takes a smiling F the police photograph at a rock station?” the mayor requested.