The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, received threatening and racist messages over an order requiring residents to wear face coverings while in public spaces — the worst of which declared that he “should swing from a tree” for instituting the policy.
Quinton Lucas, who is black, shared the texts and a doctored photo he received in a Twitter thread Monday — the same day his mask order took effect.
The order, which was announced last Friday, will be in effect for two weeks.
The threats show a string of texts accusing the mayor of “not responding to whites.” The sender also appeared to be upset about the mask requirement, asking “What are the repercussions for not wearing a mask in public starting Tuesday?”
Before Lucas could reply, the sender proceeded to call him the n-word, and implied that the mayor should be lynched.
“You should swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, but would love to see it,” they