UPDATED: Citizens criticize Levelland mayor's Facebook share - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Citizens criticize Levelland mayor's Facebook share

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Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner has issued an apology for a Facebook post she recently shared.

"It makes me wonder if we put the right person in that spot," James Jones said.

A group of citizens gathered on the Hockley County Courthouse lawn Monday afternoon. The now-deleted post claims to be written by an 83-year-old black man from Ferguson, Missouri named William G. Lillas.

It purports to explain the difference between a Black person and someone who is the n-word. The post uses the slur repeatedly, urging young black people to stay away from crime and mischief. Below is a screen grab a citizen sent to FOX34:



Facebook screen grab


"My parents didn't tell me I was the n-word when I was growing up," Linda Jones said. "My parents didn't tell me that I lived in 'n- town'. I did not wash with Lye soap. They didn't tell me any of those kinds of things. We just found that article...we didn't like it at all."

 "Now, I'm not running for office and I would never run for office," James Jones told us Monday afternoon. "But I know how to vote and who to vote for. But we just want her to show up and let her know that we support you and that you support us. Even though you made a mistake, we teach our kids you make a mistake, you have to own up to it."


Facebook screen grab

On Facebook Pinner wrote she thought the post she shared was "well written, but apparently several people have taken offense." She wrote she is "not racist in any way, shape or form," and was sorry if she offended anyone. 

Pinner issued this statement to FOX34 Monday evening:

For the past five years, I have had the privilege of being the Mayor of the City of Levelland, a city that I truly love and cherish. While I love and cherish many things about our community, the most important of all are the people. For this very reason, my heart aches as I have hurt many members of my own community by sharing a post from another individual on my personal Facebook page.

It was never my intention to minimize the pain and suffering that African Americans have endured throughout history and are currently enduring. I love all people regardless of race or color. Please know I am truly sorry for the pain that I have caused many of you. The harsh words in that post did not come from my mouth or my heart, and it was my mistake to share them.

Because I am a Christian woman, I stand before this community and ask for forgiveness. In my role as Mayor, I am held to the highest standard and there is no excuse for sharing the post that hurt so many of you. While I cannot change the past, I can impact change in the future. Moving forward, I vow to take extra time to think of all of the people that I have been elected to represent. I will consider the tone, language and validity of the information that I post or share on social media. I commit to being a positive part of the important changes we need in not only our community, but our nation. By coming together now and uniting as one, we can better our community and society for generations to come.


Internet fact check sites, including Snopes, cannot verify if the name referencing an older Black man in the post is from an actual person. Messages attributed to Lillas first started spreading in 2014, after the shooting death of teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Snopes reports.



Here is the text of the full Facebook post, seen in screen grabs several people sent to FOX34. The text is modified to not fully display the slur:

"I wanted to clear up a few black and white questions and answers. The things I state below are facts. They are not downloaded from some media website, not propaganda, just observations from an 83 year old black man, born in America:

I was told by my parents (yes, a married man and woman with my last name), that I was a n*****. We lived in " N***** Town " in a small Texas town, no A/C, grass growing through the floor, no car,no TV. We washed our bodies with lye soap that my mother made, by hand. I thought I was a n*****, until I graduated high school, went to college, did an enlistment in the Army, and got a job. I am now re tired, own my own home, have 6 children by ONE WOMAN, and we all have the same last name. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, a Master's Degree in Sociology. My retirement, VA disability from combat in the Korean War (I only have one leg), and part-time pay in a local college, is about $125,000 a year. I went from a dirt-poor n*****, to an old, black, proud...because I understand the true meaning of the word.

Let's clear up a few things about the Michael Brown incident.

-Fact: It is NOT called "shoplifting or stealing", it's called "ROBBERY", which is a felony. Brown stole something and assaulted someone, that means ROBBERY. It's on video, and it's a fact. It's NOT shoplifting, NOT theft, NOT "lifting" a few cigars, but ROBBERY!

- Michael Brown, like Trayvon, was portrayed by the media as a "little black boy", cut little headphones, and his cap and gown photo, who was gunned down by a ruthless police assassin -- executed by "whitey". First, I have never seen a cop drag a person into their car's driver door to arrest them. So, let us be clear, Michael Brown was a n*****; a sorry-assed, criminal, hoodlum, n*****. Nobody wants to say that, but I will. He had a criminal record a mile long, was known for numerous assaults, robberies, including the one you saw with your own eyes, and still refuse to call it a robbery. He was, like so many others, living a life that he thought he was "entitled" to, just for being alive. Gangsta rap, weed, drinking, guns, and those stupid-assed low profile rims, makes him some kind of bad-ass n*****.

- I have fought communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers in the 1950's with more honor than that n*****. Yep, I peeled potatoes and shot communists. That's the only job a n***** soldier could get.

Rodney King? Black Riots!
Trayvon? Black Riots!
Hurricane Katrina? Black Riots! Stealing TV's, designer clothes, etc.

-O.J. Simpson kills white man and white woman, found NOT GUILTY?
Did white folks riot?

- In fact, when is the last time white people rioted? Civil War, maybe? That's because they are, relatively, civilized people, much like many black Americans. Protesting is one thing, hell, I'm all for it. Even if you are an ignorant idiot, you have a right to protest.

-Stop only showing the young black "cap and gown" photos of Michael. Charles Manson may have a few of those laying around, as well. Show the n***** "gangsta" photos of the "poor unarmed teenager" (grown man) pics that have been removed from his Facebook page, holding the loaded pistol, smoking week, with a mouthful of money.

-Militarization? The stupid-assed media that publicizes this has no idea what "militarization" really is. Cops wear helmets and vests, and drive armored vehicle because unemployed n***** throw bricks at them, moron! You put on an "Adam 12" uniform and walk down the streets of Ferguson during the criminal riots. I can guarantee that you'll jump into the first armored "military tank" that you see.

-You only "want the police" when you "need the police", otherwise, you mock and fear what you do not understand about the police. And by the way, the police are trained to tack your crap, but I wouldn't mess around with the Army National Guard, they aren't as well disciplined "culturally" to take your crap like the police do every day. They will ventilate your black butts with M-16s, with military precision and extreme prejudice.

-And finally, the way we protest and demand justice, is run down the streets breaking stuff, looting stores, and acting like a bunch of untrained monkeys? Hell, after Rodney King, criminal n****** were actually killing people, thinking they were entitled to be worse criminals than they already were. For those black criminals that do that, you are a disgrace to your race, inflamed by idiots like Al Sharpton, instead of listening to logic from proud black Americans, like Samuel Jackson, Colin Powell, Allen West, me, etc.

-You blame white people for your ignorance, criminal acts, unemployed laziness, etc.

-You blame white people for 89% of the prisons in America being full of blacks. They did nothing wrong, the racists white cops framed them all, right? No chance at school no chance for college, military, employment? BULL SHIT!

-More n****** kill n******, than n****** killing whites, whites killing n******, and whites killing whites..COMBINED. I find this fact astounding.

-It's not white peoples' faults, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by a white man many years ago. You can go to school, get a job, buy a house, and vote, JUST LIKE WHITE FOLKS!!!! You are not a slave, you are not discriminated against! Slavery is abolished, and nobody alive today, was alive when it was popular. Get over it! You are discriminated against because you are a criminal, sorry-assed n*****. Otherwise, decent living black Americans are treated live everyone else.

-If you choose to create "baby daddy and baby mama", and fake disabilities as an excuse of laziness to draw social security disability .. instead of husband, wife, family, job, mortgage, it's YOUR FAULT, not white folks. And there are a lot of proud black Americans that will tell you the same, as I AM ONE OF THEM!!!

-Remember, the way you act on camera, is remembered by everyone who sees it. They will never forget it. It shows them how you, as the lowest element of the black race, respond to situations that don't particularly go the way you think they should. It will become a reference standard, something they expect from you when the next media report doesn't go your way. Stop being stupid n******, and be a proud black American. My parents raised me well, but they were wrong about one thing, I am NOT a n*****.

I will not be around long. While my mind is still sharp, and my aim is still good, my body is suffering from cancer which started in the prostate, and is spreading rapidly. After I die, I have asked my children to publish my writings, and include my name. Although I am not expecting any miracles, I can only hope that Americans will stop blaming "color', and start blaming CRIMINALS, and see people for what they really are. We have too many countries that want us dead. We should not be fighting each other.

"William G. Lillas"


The above text, in italics, is the text of the Facebook post, as seen in several screen grabs sent to FOX34.

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