A city council candidate in Michigan, who shocked attendants at an election forum Thursday night with the admission that she wants to keep the community white “as much as possible,” says she has no plans to back out of the race despite coming under fire for her racist comments.
Marysville City Council candidate Jean Cramer, one of five residents vying for three council seats in November’s election, responded to a question at the city candidates’ forum about whether the community should be more aggressive in trying to attract foreign-born residents with: “Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible. White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people.”
Cramer doubled down on her controversial remarks during a follow-up interview outside her Marysville home Friday afternoon.
“Husband and wife need to be the same race,” Cramer told reporters, before using the Bible to back up her racist ideology. “Same thing with the kids. That’s how it’s been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But as far as me being against blacks, no I’m not.”
The 67-year-old said she would not have an issue if a black couple moved next door to her. “What is the issue is the biracial marriages, that’s the big problem,” Ms. Cramer said. “And there are a lot of people who don’t know it’s in the Bible and so they’re going outside of that.”
Asked if she understood why her comments could upset her neighbors, she said: “If there is the biracial marriage in the family, yes.”
“Because those people don’t know the other side of it,” Cramer said. “For whatever reason, I’ve heard, they love each other, whatever, but there’s also such a thing as remaining single. People don’t necessarily have to get married, and, if they love somebody, love them single. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
At least two people called for Cramer to withdraw from the race.
“I would say that I probably came to the conclusion this morning,” Mayor Dan Damman, told The New York Times Herald on Friday. He said that, given Cramer’s “deep-seated viewpoint,” he didn’t believe she was fit to serve as an elected official in Marysville or elsewhere.