A school board candidate in a New Jersey township quit the race after getting outed for being a racist.
Rick Jankowski, who was running for a seat on the Monroe Township Board of Education, posted an apology on Facebook and announced his withdrawal from the competition, the New Jersey Globe reported Saturday night.
“I’m sorry. There isn’t much more than I can say except for that. I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to those that I have offended and to those who have supported me in my endeavors,” Jankowski posted, according to the Globe, which first broke the story on Wednesday.
The former candidate added that he wrote his racist remarks “in anger from what I have seen transpire through our country over the years.”
Jankowski posted several racist rants from 2013 through 2016, in which he called Black people “monkeys,” “animals” and “useless wastes of life.” The posts were removed from his profile page after they surfaced in the media on Wednesday.
In 2014, he posted this comment about protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri: “Another black criminal gets killed after assaulting a white cop and you pieces of s— want justice? You are not Americans, you are animals who disgust me. … Get a f—— job and contribute you useless wastes of life instead of constantly committing crimes and protesting when you get what you deserve.”
Rather than denouncing Jankowski’s racist remarks when they surfaced, the school board president had distanced himself from the candidate. “That (Jankowski’s remarks) doesn’t pertain to any school business. That’s between that gentleman and the rest of the community. He’s not on the school board,” Monroe Township Board of Education President George Caruso said, according to NJ.com.
The World Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Aretha Franklin
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4. Patti LaBelle
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5. Barbra Streisand
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This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
6. Don Lemon
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.@DonLemon: This country has lost one of our greatest treasures. Aretha Franklin.— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) August 17, 2018
With a heart as big as her voice, and a soul that helped power the March for Freedom for people of color, when she insisted like she always did on Respect https://t.co/QN8HgpBYuU pic.twitter.com/OPnLVGARMf
7. Harlem Gospel Choir On GMA
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The Harlem Gospel Choir is here with us live in Times Square this morning, helping celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/DkZxIrdq0N— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2018
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This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic 💔 pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H— Fantasia • #SketchbookOutNow (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
9. Celine Dion
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I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
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10. Clive Davis
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