Fb – Clackamas County commissioner Mark Shull gives apology after bigoted Fb remarks
The Muslim Academic Belief and a group of religion group members got here collectively Monday to supply an opportunity for Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull to apologize for offensive and racist remarks he made on Fb in recent times.
Shull, who was sworn into workplace final week, has been underneath important stress to resign after the Clackamas Assessment first reported on a sequence of feedback he posted to Fb in 2019 and 2020. These feedback attacked Muslims, immigrants, the Black Lives Matter motion and people who find themselves transgender.
The total Clackamas County Board of Commissioners — together with Shull himself — voted in favor of a decision Thursday calling for his resignation, although Shull has resisted that step.
In a press release forward of Monday’s press convention, Muslim Academic Belief President Wajdi Mentioned said that eradicating Shull can be an “easy” motion.
“Even harder is making community with all those neighbors loving and believing in the man you and I don’t want around anymore,” Mentioned wrote.
Shull mentioned he appeared on the press convention on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to request “forgiveness and understanding from the Muslim community for my words that caused hurt.”
Shull defined his remarks partially by saying his navy service usually had him working with people who find themselves Muslim that had been harm abroad, and that after his navy profession, he continued to concentrate on “agents of conflict.”
“It is clear to me that my energy should have shifted a decade ago to become more involved with domestic peacekeeping, social understanding, and fostering community,” Shull mentioned.
Shull added he by no means thought his “frank” and “uncensored” discussions on Fb can be seen by individuals apart from these they have been directed at particularly.
Shull mentioned when he first obtained an electronic mail with screenshots of his Fb posts, he thought the revelation of the feedback was meant to trigger a “media storm” leading to his resignation.
“But much more importantly, I realized that the email caused sincere concern to the public and hurt the Muslim community,” he mentioned.
Shull mentioned he was not approached by the one that initially took screenshots of his Fb feedback “to discuss the facts” or to ask why he made the feedback. He additionally claimed he had obtained demise threats because the feedback grew to become public.
Forward of a swearing in ceremony final week, Clackamas County determined to cancel the occasion because of “violent threats.” When requested by OPB to elaborate on the character of these threats and whether or not legislation enforcement had reviewed them, the county declined to offer specifics.
Whereas religion leaders at Monday’s press convention condemned Shull’s remarks, additionally they provided him a possibility for reconciliation.
“On behalf of our religious leaders,” Mentioned said, “we have chosen a path of healing.”
Mentioned instructed Shull his remarks have been bigoted, however that calling for his resignation added to a tradition of battle.
Nonetheless, divisions stay over Shull’s remarks. On Thursday, CAIR-Oregon joined a broad coalition of lawmakers and civil rights teams calling for Shull to resign, saying his feedback have been “targeted, rife with bigotry, dog whistles and doubling down hard.”
Shull didn’t take questions from the media Monday, and delivered a minimum of one puzzling second when requested about feedback he made across the Black Lives Matter motion.
“If it’s OK, Mark, say, ‘Black Lives Matter,” mentioned Pastor Matt Hennesse, “a statement from you about Black lives.”
“All lives matter,” Shull responded after a number of seconds. “Black lives. White lives. All lives in creation.”
Over the course of the almost two-hour press convention, Shull didn’t tackle transphobic statements he made or provide an apology to LGBTQ group members.
He additionally mentioned he acknowledged that folks may not instantly settle for the apologies he did provide.
“I do not expect everyone in our state that has heard this today to believe in my sincerity, because anyone can say they are sincere,” he mentioned.
Relatively than concentrate on his apology, Shull requested the group to take a look at his “performance in the coming weeks and decide.”