Community outraged after school board vice president bashes Muslims and black people on Facebook
Residents of Roseville, Michigan are outraged over Roseville School Board Vice President Alfredo Francesconi’s racist posts on his personal Facebook page, Click on Detroit writes.
According to the report, Francesconi shared posts on his Facebook describing all Muslims as terrorists and also reportedly called out black Americans for not voting in the 2016 election.
Francesconi said he shared the posts because he agreed with their content. However, a Roseville resident named Sarah Belemonte said that just because he agrees with the posts doesn’t mean that he should share them, adding that it’s bad enough that he agrees with them at all.
Local ABC affiliate WXYZ reports this is not the first time that Francesconi has been accused of making racist remarks on his Facebook, noting that former students and parents shared some of his messages with the board a few weeks back.
One of his posts reportedly read, “No I’m not going to kill the gays, make slavery legal, and take away women’s rights. I’m not a Muslim.”
The outlet also said that news reporter Gino Vicci spoke with Francesconi over the phone about the posts. The board vice president said that the posts were not offensive and he would post them again.
Residents held a protest outside of Monday night’s board meeting and demanded that Francesconi resign or be removed from the board. Three counter-protesters also showed up on his behalf.
However, they didn’t necessarily agree with his opinions so much as they felt he should have the right to share them. “What I am for is freedom of speech,” said resident Evelena Scott. “At what point do feelings trump someone’s opinions?”
Francesconi did not comment on the posts or whether he would step down from his position. After Monday’s board meeting, Local 4 asked him if he feels “fit to serve” on the board after making such statements.
“I have nothing to say. It’s all you’re going to hear, OK?” he responded.
Francesconi shared the following posts, among others.