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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:00 AM

North Miami Beach Mayor Reprimanded for Racist Post About Haitians

Last month, the perennially dysfunctional North Miami Beach government was forced to expend time and resources to formally tell its mayor, Tony DeFillipo, not to insult Haitian people. On May 23, the other members of the city commission, including three Haitian-American politicians, voted to censure DeFillipo after he wrote on Facebook that he believed North Miami Beach had fired its former city clerk so the city's Haitian lawmakers could "put in a person of there [sic] own heritage and do what they want!!!"

Haitian-American City Commissioner Michael Joseph, who proposed the reprimand, said from the dais that after DeFillipo made his comments on social media, someone called Joseph with a death threat.

"That rhetoric, I think, was the principle cause that I was called and left at least one message that threatened my life," he said, according to a clip of the meeting. "It bothered me a lot and, to this day, still does."

Read more: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/north-miami-beach-mayor-tony-defillipo-reprimanded-for-racist-haitian-post-11189806

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