MOSS POINT, Miss. (WXXV) — During a board meeting Tuesday night, Moss Point Mayor Mario King was surprised with vulgar and racial messages.
The meeting was conducted using the video conference call app “Zoom.” Mayor King told News 25 the meeting was broadcast online via Facebook Live with more than 60 public viewers, along with the Board of Aldermen.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be investigating this as a hate crime.
Mayor King released a statement saying: “It is unfortunate when we see blatant racism, however, as a black man this is normal for me. I have accepted that this is what I expect here in Mississippi as an educated leader and black leader. I stand strong and tall when faced with adversity. It’s motivation. I have received death threats, racial emails, and letters since running for mayor. I am resilient just like most African Americans. It’s our culture and matriarchal teaching.”