Tangipahoa Parish School Board member Mike Whitlow is facing heavy backlash to his decision to post a picture of a noose on his public Facebook page. The picture was accompanied with the caption: “If we want to make America great again, we will have to make evil people fear punishment again.”
Fellow board member Louis Joseph says it was an incredibly bad idea.
“(I’m) astounded, upset, and I could not understand why an elected official would do something like that.”
Joseph says that kind of behavior is unacceptable for someone in a position of authority.
“And for a sitting school board member to post this is reprehensible.”
Whitlow says the post was not racially motivated, and was only inspired by an article he read that called for stiffer prison sentences for violent offenders. He says he's taken the appropriate steps to remedy the situation.
“(I) deleted it from Facebook and issued an apology. Anyone who may have been offended by it, it certainly wasn’t my intent.”
Whitlow says negative reactions to his post are misplaced, and that he has no intention of stepping down.
“I do not have any intent to resign. In my heart I knew I had no ill intent in this.”