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By Joseph Williams, Word in Black

When they call Brandon Scott of Baltimore a “DEI mayor,” everyone knows they want to use the N-word in public — but don’t dare.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott talks with the media after a cargo ship ran into and collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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America’s anti-DEI crusaders — or, more accurately, the nation’s shameless racists and unabashed white supremacists who want to say the N-word publicly but don’t have the guts — are at it again. 

Hours after the Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster unfolded in his city, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott appeared with fire department and rescue squad commanders for a press conference. As rescue divers continued searching the frigid Patapsco River for possible survivors, Scott appeared shaken as he began his remarks, carried on live TV nationwide. 

“This is an unthinkable tragedy,” Scott, 39 and the youngest Black mayor in Baltimore history, told reporters. “We have to first and foremost pray for all of those who are impacted, those families, pray for our first responders and thank them. We have to be thinking about the families and people impacted. We have to try to find them safe.”


Regardless of the reason, Scott’s TV appearance triggered multiple bigots on X, formerly known as Twitter, who decided to drag the mayor for no clear reason. One of the most popular posts declared that the Black man leading Charm City through crisis is, in their opinion, a “DEI Mayor,” whatever that means[…]

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