A local newspaper reporter’s poems criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and using the term “bigots in black face” to denounce critics of Confederate memorials are causing a stir in Jersey City and leading to calls for his dismissal.
The racially incendiary poems, written by Al Sullivan, a reporter who covers Jersey City for the weekly Hudson Reporter newspaper, were all posted on Sullivan’s personal blog this month and each is subtitled “confessions of a racist.” Sullivan, 66, added “a satire” to some of the titles after receiving criticism from local residents and public officials.
The flap comes in the aftermath of violent clashes between white supremacists and counterprotestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that inspired some of Sullivan’s recent poetry. Those protests began with a rally staged by neo-Nazis to keep that city from removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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