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Tom Kawczynski, Town Manager, Fired After 'White Civil Rights' Comments

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Jackman, Maine, town manager Tom Kawczynski was fired Tuesday for comments promoting segregation.  (YouTube/Kennebec Journal)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:34 PM

Jackman, Maine, town manager Tom Kawczynski was fired Tuesday for supporting racial segregation and “white civil rights.”

The town’s selectmen voted unanimously to dismiss Kawczynski four days after a local newspaper, Bangor Daily News, reported that he founded and led a pro-white organization and has made comments in support of racial segregation.

The town of fewer than 900 people near the Canadian border agreed to pay Kawczynski $30,000 in severance pay, and he signed an agreement not to sue over the dismissal, which was officially registered as having “no cause,” Bangor Daily News reported.

Kawczynski, 37, moved to Jackman in June from New Hampshire to become town manager, Bangor Daily News reported. Comments on the New Albion website, which he founded and owns, said Friday that people of different races should “voluntarily separate” and referred to Islam as “barbarism. These comments have since been removed from the site.

Kawczynski denies allegations that he is racist or white supremacist, the Portland Press Herald reported. “I am not a white supremacist. I am not a racist,” he told the paper. “What gets me in trouble sometimes is I am a white person who is not ashamed to be white.”

The website claims to be “defending the people and culture of New England,” the Portland Press Herald reported.

Kawczynski previously served as town chair of Lisbon, New Hampshire, for President Donald Trump in 2016 during the campaign, Fox News reported.

Tourism is an important part of the town’s economy, and residents are worried the press coverage of Kawczynski might keep tourists away, Fox reported.

“This town is a beautiful tourist town,” resident Connie Guay said to Bangor Daily News. “We invite everyone. There was never any discrimination.”

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