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Kansas City mayor receives racist threats over mask order: ‘You should hang from a tree’


The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, received threatening and racist messages over an order requiring residents to wear face coverings while in public spaces — the worst of which declared that he “should swing from a tree” for instituting the policy.

Quinton Lucas, who is black, shared the texts and a doctored photo he received in a Twitter thread Monday — the same day his mask order took effect.

The order, which was announced last Friday, will be in effect for two weeks.

The threats show a string of texts accusing the mayor of “not responding to whites.” The sender also appeared to be upset about the mask requirement, asking “What are the repercussions for not wearing a mask in public starting Tuesday?”

Before Lucas could reply, the sender proceeded to call him the n-word, and implied that the mayor should be lynched.

“You should swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, but would love to see it,” they wrote.

“Negative has increased dramatically since COVID began and has continued through protest movement and now is pretty regular from different extremes,” the mayor said when a Kansas City Star sports reporter replied to his thread asking how often it happened.

“Actual racial slurs and threats are infrequent. General antisocial commentary is typical now. I figure it’ll continue for a while,” Lucas wrote.

The other post showed a side-by-side comparison of an edited and unedited photo of the mayor and another individual holding t-shirts at a radio station.

The edited photo makes it look like Lucas and the other man are holding t-shirts that say ‘F*** the Police’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ — though the original photo shows the shirts were advertisements for 96.5 The Buzz, the local FM station he was visiting.

“Who takes a smiling F the police photo at a rock station?” the mayor asked.



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