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On Dec. 7, 2011, Easthampton (Massachusetts) Councilor-at-Large Donald Cykowski made a racist comment at a City Council meeting. The comment came about when Councilor-at-Large Ronald D. Chateauneuf briefly left the room during a discussion about his appointment to the Planning Commission and the door automatically locked behind him. When he was called to come back into the meeting he had trouble opening the door, to which Cykowski said, “Where’s a Puerto Rican when we need one?”

On Dec. 21, 2011, Councilor Cykowski attempted to apologize to his fellow council members and those who were present at the City Council meeting, saying “I made a statement. If I offended anyone, I apologize." Cykowski failed to explain what he meant by the statement; failed to acknowledge that the statement was racist; and failed to admit to any wrong doing whatsoever. Essentially, he apologized for other people "misunderstanding" him-- not for the racist statement he made.

We cannot accept a city councilor who publicly (or privately) makes racist statements and potentially harbors racist sentiments toward Puerto Ricans and other people of color in our community. City Councilor Cykowski has shown no remorse for the statement he made nor has he shown any remorse for the negative impact the statement has had on people of color in our community. Cykowski's statement and feigned apology are beyond offensive. Such egregious behavior cannot, should not, and will not be tolerated from our local government officials.

Councilor-at-large Cykowski should publicly apologize and resign from his position immediately.

Letter to
Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Councilor-at-large Donald Cykowski
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Councilor-at-large Donald Cykowski

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Publicly apologize and resign from your position

On Dec. 7, 2011, you (Councilor-at-Large Donald Cykowski) made a racist comment at an Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Council meeting. The comment came about when Councilor-at-Large Ronald D. Chateauneuf briefly left the room during a discussion about his appointment to the Planning Commission and the door automatically locked behind him. When he was called to come back into the meeting he had trouble opening the door, to which you said, “Where’s a Puerto Rican when we need one?”

On Dec. 21, 2011, you attempted to apologize to your fellow council members and those who were present at the City Council meeting, saying “I made a statement. If I offended anyone, I apologize." You failed to explain what you meant by the statement; failed to acknowledge that the statement was racist; and failed to admit to any wrong doing whatsoever. Essentially, you apologized for other people "misunderstanding" you-- not for the racist statement you made.

We cannot accept a city councilor who publicly (or privately) makes racist statements and potentially harbors racist sentiments toward Puerto Ricans and other people of color in our community. You have shown no remorse for the statement you made nor have you shown any remorse for the negative impact the statement has had on people of color in our community, as well as our community at large. Your statement and feigned apology are beyond offensive and such egregious behavior cannot, should not, and will not be tolerated from our local government officials.

This letter serves as an official request that you immediately resign from your position as Councilor-at-large and allow someone who represents all of the people of our community to step up.

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Sincerely,