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The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town is resigning after sparking outrage by posting images on his Facebook page comparing President Barack Obama and his family to apes and referencing a noose （オバマ大統領とその家族をオランウータン達に例え（黒人リンチに使った）輪縄を示唆）.
The council of the borough of West York （フィラデルフィア西方160㎞の西ヨーク郡）, located about 100 miles (160 km) west of Philadelphia, voted unanimously on Monday to accept Mayor Charles Wasko’s （市長チャールズ・ワスコー）offer to step down, council President Shawn Mauck said.
Wasko’s resignation will become effective on Oct. 21, and Mauck will fill out the rest of the mayor’s term, which runs until Dec. 31, 2017, Mauck said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
Wasko could not immediately be reached for comment.
Wasko had resisted calls to step down earlier this month, after he was accused of racism for the images on his page. The West York Borough Council voted 7-0 on Oct. 3 to censure him over the posts.
Mauck said he feared the episode had damaged the community’s economy and that he wanted to repair its reputation.
“We’re going to move forward together to do everything we can to help the community heal,” he said.
Wasko posted an image in June of five orangutans in a wheelbarrow with the caption, “Aww… moving day at the Whitehouse has finally arrived.” （オランウータン達が一輪車を押して「とうとう引っ越す時が来た」という絵を掲載）
Another image showed actor Clint Eastwood holding a noose in a scene from a Western movie. The image carried the caption, “Barry, this rope is for you. You wanna bring that empty chair over here!” Obama used Barry as a nickname when he was young.
Nooses were used for decades in the lynchings of black people by white supremacists in the segregated U.S. South.
There have been other instances across the country of public officials spreading racist images and jokes since Obama took office in 2009 as the first black U.S. president. For example, a federal judge in Montana retired in 2013 after acknowledging that he had used court email to circulate a racist joke about Obama.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and David Ingram in New York; Editing by Will Dunham)
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