After calling NFL players “baboons” for kneeling during the national anthem, Republican official Carla Malony resigned from her post. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison
A Republican official in central Pennsylvania who called black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “baboons” has officially resigned.
Carla Maloney, who worked as GOP’s Beaver County branch secretary, has issued an apology after a series of social media posts she made in 2017 resurfaced online. When the comments were made remains unclear, but they all seemed to be related to the NFL players kneeling in protest.
One post showed Maloney calling footballers who are protesting police violence in America “over paid ignorant blacks” – further saying the athletes should “go to Africa” instead.
Another Facebook user commented “Go Steelers,” which refers to the NFL franchise Pittsburgh Steelers. Maloney went on to post more racially-charged comments, saying, “Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem (sic).”
She added, “Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let’s see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries.”
This racist white woman is vile & ignorant. Peaceful political protest is the very essence of our Democracy. It’s how American women got the vote, for example. And @NFL players have every right to kneel during the anthem. Thinking I’ll join them from now on. #BlackLivesMatter
— 💧 Joanne J (@JoanneFMJ) September 3, 2018
According to the Beaver County Republican Committee, it already had accepted Maloney’s resignation. She had since denounced her posts and resigned from her two roles in the party.
“The views expressed in her posts are abhorrent and have no place in reasonable public discourse,” the committee stated in a press release.
The regular season of the NFL is scheduled to start this week. Kneeling during the anthem as a sign of protest has been happening since 2016. Although fewer athletes have been doing it, a grievance filed against the league by player Colin Kaepernick – who kicked the protest off – is due to go to trial.
“I apologize for my distasteful, inappropriate and insensitive social media posts,” Maloney said in her statement, stressing that she herself is “from a diverse family that represents modern America.”
“I know I am a better person than this and, as I step away from these public positions, I will work to show everyone who I truly am,” she further stated.
In a country where African Americans are still called “monkeys” & “baboons,” where EVEN an African President & his wife couldn’t escape the hateful &racist stereotypes, there are people who think nonviolence protest like NFL’s #TakeAKnee is disrespecting the flag? #SayNo2Racism
— Waithira M. Protano (@In2TheSunshine2) September 4, 2018