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Carolyn Jacobs was forced to resign as a Cherry Hill councilwoman after making a racially insensitive remark.

Cherry Hill councilwoman resigns after racist remark

Carolyn Jacobs referred to African American looters in North Philadelphia using offensive rhetoric

By David Wildstein, June 19 2020 9:49 pm

Cherry Hill Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs has resigned after making a racially offensive remark during the June 8 council meeting.

“At the risk of being a little bit crass, I think even animals know they don’t mess their own dens,” Jacobs said, referring to videos of Philadelphia residents looting stores in their own neighborhood on June 1.

All of the suspects in videos were black.

Jacobs, who had a long record of advocating for social justice issues, spoke of her disdain for those people who took advantage of the situation to loot and pillage but later apologized for her comments.

“I, most unfortunately, made a remark that was racially insensitive and it has cost me great personal anguish as well as my position as an elected councilwoman, “ Jacobs said in a statement.  “I am profoundly sorry to have offended anyone. I sorely regret my words as well as the harm it may have caused in the community.”

Mayor Susan Shin Angulo and the township council made the announcement of Jacobs’ resignation after more than two weeks of keeping the comment – made in a public meeting but not picked up by local media – within the township hall bubble.

“Jacobs’ comments do not represent our community’s values,” a statement said.  “The Mayor and the Township Council therefore asked for and received Jacobs’ resignation from Council.”

Jacobs was appointed to the council in 2016 after Shin Angulo resigned to become a Camden County freeholder.  She was elected to a full term in 2017 and was up for re-election next year.

“I fervently hope that what I said in that moment has not permanently tarnished the years of service I’ve given to Cherry Hill as a member of the planning board and the council, hope that my verbal offense can be forgiven, and pray that the residents of Cherry Hill trust in the sincerity of my apology,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs was appointed to the council in 2016 after Shin Angulo resigned to become a Camden County freeholder.  She was elected to a full term in 2017 and was up for re-election next year.

The Cherry Hill Democratic organization must now submit three names to the council sometime in the next 30 days to fill Jacobs’ seat.  The all-Democratic council must pick one of the names, or the choice then goes to the local Democratic Party.

Cherry Hill will now have a special election in November to fill the remaining fourteen months of Jacobs’ term.

The nominees will be picked by the local party organizations.

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