Linn County Sheriff candidate, LeRoy McConico, was astonished by the act of racism upon seeing the vandalism to his campaign sign.
It’s sad to see how far people will go to racially abuse Blacks. The situation in America is getting worse by the day. Racism is beginning to take the center stage in our society, and like wildfire, it recognizes no boundaries at all. Linn County, Kan., sheriff candidate, LeRoy McConico woke up to see an awful ‘KKK’ inscription which had been sprayed on his campaign post. We have searched and gathered reliable information on the matter. Get more details from the sources compiled below:
Someone painted the letters “KKK” on a campaign sign of a Black candidate running for sheriff of a small Kansas county, the Kansas City Star reports.
LeRoy McConico, currently the police chief in Parker, Kansas, said people have interfered with his campaign signs in the past. This, however, is something altogether different.
“There’s some people that just got some dark hearts. They saw an opportunity to do something in the dark,” the 35-year law enforcement veteran told The Star. Read more.
— NewsOne (@newsone) November 4, 2016
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
An African-American candidate for sheriff in Linn County, Kan., said he discovered a week before Election Day that one of his campaign signs had been defaced with white lettering that said “KKK.”
LeRoy McConico, the Democratic candidate for sheriff, said he had a handful of signs across the county touting his candidacy. He said he’d had issues with people messing with his campaign signs, but this was the first time he’d seen something this severe.
The appearance of the letters, which evoke the Ku Klux Klan, surprised the law enforcement veteran. And he said he didn’t have any idea who did it.
The Kansas man is running against Republican Paul Filla, the county’s incumbent sheriff. More than 9,000 people live in the county, according to census data. That same data show that less than 1 percent of the county’s population is African-American. Linn County is in eastern Kansas along the Missouri border.
The sheriff’s office confirmed that a report was taken of the damage to McConico’s campaign sign. The Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Kansas City also confirmed Wednesday that it was aware of the incident but wouldn’t comment further.
Filla could not immediately be reached for comment.
The damage to McConico’s sign comes at a time when racial issues have been a divisive topic of conversation, both on the presidential campaign trail and in some communities.
McConico’s daughter Courtney McConico said that although the county has a small African-American population, she didn’t expect to see damage like that happen in the campaign’s final days.
“I just didn’t think it would happen to us,” she said.
McConico, the chief of police in Parker, Kan., said he’s worked in law enforcement for about 35 years. He said he doesn’t see the national dialogue, or the tone of the current presidential election, trickling down to the area in Kansas he calls home. McConico said he’s lived in Linn County for 12 years.
“The county certainly is not like that,” he said of the lettering that evokes decades of American racism. “This is a very good county, a good place to live in. The people are very, just awesome, awesome people. My family, we have enjoyed living here. We’re not going to let nothing like that defer what we believe and how we feel.” Read more.
Racism isn’t just plaguing the presidential election — it’s rearing its ugly head throughout all of society.
McConico and his family have expressed shock and dismay that the current political climate would cause tensions in the region they’ve happily resided in for more than a decade.
@newsone Spirit of racism bigotry and over all hatred have been ramped be cuz of the insightful rhetoric of GOP candidates vying for R Votes
— Keith A.Edmonson (@colomontana) November 4, 2016
It is highly plausible that the racist sentiments displayed on McConico’s sign are not new; however, they were likely previously hidden due to the social taboo of being openly racist. Read more.
Kansas is famous for having racist police officers and some racist citizens. It is to be expected that the local white supremacists won’t be comfortable with a Black sheriff as he can start reforming the police department and change the existing policing practices in order to expose and eliminate hate crimes. Therefore, they will employ various means of intimidation to deter McConico from contesting.