Racism Forces N.J. Mayor to Step Down

Published November 10, 2009

SOUTH HARRISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A man who says he endured slashed tires and death threats just before he became rural South Harrison Township's first black mayor is stepping down.

Charles Tyson announced Monday that he would leave the township council on Tuesday, in part, because he says he's worn down by racism.

Tyson had already given up his position as mayor of the town of 2,700.

Tyson says he accomplished some of his major goals, such as installing the town's first traffic light.

William White, an avowed white separatist from Virginia, has been indicted on charges that he made harassing phone calls to Tyson.

 

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Written by <P>Associated Press</P>

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