The mayor of Palisades Park (New Jersey) – James Rotundo has issued an apology on behalf of his 80 year old mother who made a RACIST Facebook rant about how Koreans are overtaking the area, ( Korean Americans make up around 50% of the borough’s population). This is what his RACIST mother (Lorraine Rotundo) wrote:
“Go to hell PALISADES PARK, let the GD KOREANS have this F’n town,”
“All of us AMERICANS are so done. I am going to suggest that only English be spoken in our Boro Hall at least while an AMERICAN is still the mayor.”
“Any American working there has no idea what is going on because Korean is mostly spoken there, not English.”
“Sorry Jim, as your mom (I) cannot be quiet. I have to tell the truth.”
“My 80-year-old mother, who I love dearly, put up a very inappropriate Facebook message that she sincerely regrets,
“I have never heard my mom talk like this before and I believe her when she says she is mortified and did not mean these hurtful things,” the mayor said in a post of his own.
“I want to make it clear to everyone that I do not agree with these remarks and that I am very upset and saddened by this incident. I am proud to represent all of the people of Palisades Park and I respect our Korean residents and all people,”
Rotundo also states that his mother has retracted her words and apologized for what she wrote.
“This really breaks my heart,” a member of the Young Korean American Network wrote on Facebook. “It’s more upsetting that they are justifying her actions by her age and ‘mother’s love.'”
Dongchan Kim, president of the Korean American Civic Empowerment, said there has long been tension locally between the Italian and Korean communities. But he hopes leaders can put all of that behind them.
“Our mayor is a good person. He has to put in efforts to stop discrimination and racism,” Kim said Friday. “We have to educate each other on how such comments can divide people.”
My 2 cents worth? Good to see that an apology has been issued and statements retracted, but a RACIST will always be a RACIST and Lorraine Rotundo probably still feels hatred towards Korean Americans. Also if y’all remember this ain’t the first time that the Korean American community of Palisades Park have been hit with RACISM. At the end of last year, a New Jersey teacher apparently told students that she “hated Koreans”…smh…
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