MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana Metropolis Council member and police officer has apologized after photos nowadays surfaced of him in blackface in terms of 20 years ago at a Halloween celebration.
Merrillville Councilman Jeff Minchuk, who’s moreover a Lake County Sheriff’s Place of job police officer, apologized Saturday on Facebook.
“I blame no one else for what took space, it became my decision and a downhearted one at that. The factor that bothers me the most is, that right here just will not be who I am,” Minchuk wrote. “I never be pleased been or ever will likely be occupied with any form of racism.”
One picture of Minchuk, got by The (Northwest Indiana) Times, mark Minchuck in blackface and a dark wig whereas wearing a shirt reading “Spoil Whitey.” He’s standing subsequent to a particular person dressed in a white Ku Klux Klan robes. The photos were reportedly taken around 2003.
In step with Minchuk’s Facebook put up, the particular person in the robes is a Shaded male friend who had coordinated costumes with him. He mentioned they were seeking to converse characters from a tv comedy sketch by Dave Chappelle in which a white supremacist is Shaded.
“We were all in our mid-twenties to early thirties on the time,” Minchuk wrote. “My real friend, who’s African American, went as the Shaded white supremacist and I went as the reverse. We understanding that switching races for the celebration would be comedic, beautiful esteem the mark’s skit. We were hoping to mark those that, although right here is comedy, that we are able to all get alongside it is not relevant what.”
Merrillville Town Council President Rick Bella didn’t acknowledge to requests for commentary, including a message left Sunday by The Associated Press.
Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez on the spot the newspaper that he does not condone the past behavior shown in the photos, calling it “disrespectful, irresponsible and in detrimental taste.”