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Councilman uses racial sign to share frustrations

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 10:12 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

AMITE - Town councilman Johnathon Foster is displaying a sign that reads "Uncle Buddy Negros" (sic) on his car.  He calls it a reference to his fellow black councilmen.

"Sometime you have to get their attentions," Foster said. "I do anything if I think it will stimulate them to get their act together."

A week ago, Foster stuck the sign that may be considered a racial slur on his car.  He believes two other black councilman, Authur Leonard and Emmanuel Zanders, are siding with the town's white mayor, Buddy Bell.

"They appointed people the first of the year in different positions and not one black was appointed and stuff like that. So I'm trying to figure out what's going on myself," said Foster.

The three men Foster is referring to did not return our calls for comment. But, others are talking about it.  His sign is not going unnoticed.

"Why would he do something like that? I don't feel like it was right," Ina Cousain said.

She voted for Bell and feels Foster is insulting her and everyone else who voted as she did. She also believes the sign is dividing the town.

"It's insulting people. It's insulting to the ones they are talking about and it's affecting people in the community," said Cousain.

Foster plans to keep the sign on his car as long as it takes to get his point across.

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