Peekskill city manager denies racism bias after protest
Concerned Peekskill residents and activists staged a protest outside of city hall Monday night, demanding that the city manager address accusations that he made racist remarks during a training session, and pointing out the racism that they feel permeates city council meetings.
Activist Darrell Davis says city manager Rick Finn made a racist remark while asking a question during a recent training session for city workers on crowd control. "Mr. Finn raised his hand and said 'even if it's a crowd of African Americans, do you think they can understand that?' Seems pretty racist to me," Davis said.
Finn held a press conference last week to clarify his question to the training facilitator, saying he's not a racist, and that his question was simply misunderstood. "My comment was this: Does this carry true for different races and cultures? What if the entire room was filled with African Americans? Is this still true?"