Mayor in New Jersey slammed for telling rally he is pro ‘good black people’
A New Jersey mayor who said at a rally on Saturday that he was “pro-black for all the good black people” he knew sought to clarify his remarks on Wednesday following backlash to the comment.
Hanif Denny, 27, who helped organize the anti-discrimination demonstration in Clark, about 13 miles south of Newark, said the event began with residents from neighboring towns — such as Rahway, where he lives — speaking about negative racial interactions they had experienced in Clark, including with police.
“Most of those who spoke shared their experiences and followed it with a plea for change,” Denny said.
There was no plan for Mayor Sal Bonaccorso to speak during the demonstration outside of Clark’s municipal building, Denny said.