The millionaire mayor of a rich Maryland town has resigned from the Woodmont Country Club because of the roiling debate over whether or not to allow Barack Obama to become a member after he leaves the White House.
Jeffrey Slavin, the mayor of Somerset, Maryland, insists that having the debate at all is “racist,” and because some members of the club are reticent to allow Obama to become a member, then he doesn’t want to be part of their organization at all.
Mayor Slavin sent a note with his resignation saying that he could not belong to a community, “Where Intolerance is accepted, Where History is forgotten, Where Freedom of Speech is denied, And where the nation’s first black president is disrespected.”
He ended his resignation letter with “stay woke,” the recent phrase popular with race pushers and activists.
Somerset, Maryland, a 91 percent white community with a median income of over $144,000 annually, is located in Montgomery County and is essentially a suburb of Washington. Less than four percent of its residents are black.
Of course, the political issues being discussed among the membership of the country club have noting to do with racism. The question for some members is Obama’s anti-Israel policy.
“In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership,” a club member told The New York Post.
“He has created a situation in the world where Israel’s very existence is weakened and possibly threatened …” another member said. “He is not welcome at Woodmont. His admittance would create a storm that could destroy our club.”
The club has not issued a comment as of yet.
The dichotomy of a “super rich white guy,” using Black Lives Matter rhetoric made at least one sports writer lapse into incredulity.
“I just think it’s laugh out loud funny for a suuuuuuuuuuuuuper white dude to end an e-mail over a country club dispute with ‘stay woke’ I can’t decide if he was using it ironically or unironically,” Trent from Barstool Sports noted. “I’m gonna go with unironically. He for sure heard his kids use ‘stay woke’, made them explain it to him and decided to use it in his rebuff of his old country club.”
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