HALLOWELL — A Maine state representative is facing public backlash after making a racist post on her personal Facebook page.
On Wednesday, July 1, Democratic Rep. Charlotte Warren of House District 84 made a post on her personal Facebook page that stated, “Straight white men are too emotional to be in politics, consider this a call to action to all my queers and gal pals”.
“When you straight out call out a straight white man that’s identity politics,” said protest organizer, Chris Clarke. “Not only is that racist because you’re making it about a white male, but it’s also bigotry.”
According to Maine Journal News, Warren received public backlash, both negative and positive comments.
Wednesday morning, protesters gathered outside City Hall in Hallowell in response to her social media post.
Protester Rebecca Rochelle said Warren should represent all identities in the state of Maine.
“Just because straight white men doesn’t have any slurs against them, she gets to say these things about them,” said Rochelle. “But nobody gets to say anything about a black person, gay person, or Arab or whatever. I think it’s totally wrong and she doesn’t have a place in politics.”
According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, public officials are prohibited from selectively deleting negative comments and blocking certain users from their social media account.
Due to the response to the Facebook post, Warren deactivated all her social media accounts and deleted the original post.
“As a person of politics, you need to be neutral to any race, gender, or anything that’s political,” said Rochelle. “Whether it’s your private page or public page, it shouldn’t matter.”
Clark said he and other community members coordinated the protest in an effort to have Warren step down from her chair.
“You need to resign today. We are here to be peaceful. We are here to have a good time,” said Clarke. “We are here to let the community of Hallowell know that everybody voice matters, not just one person.”
We reached out to Charlotte Warren’s office, but did not immediately receive comment.