Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Board Member’s Web Page
Filed in Campus Racial Incidents on July 22, 2016
George “Sonny” Yellott, a 76-year-old member of the board of directors of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, was asked by fellow members of the board to resign after an image of President Obama with a noose around his neck was seen on Yellott’s Facebook page. The image had the caption: “The making of a national holiday.”
Yellott, who is also a Republican candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, refused to resign. Several GOP members of the Oregon House of Representatives also called for Yellott to drop out of the legislative race.
Mt. Hood Community College, just east of Portland, enrolls about 9,300 students. African Americans are 5 percent of the student body.