White sep­a­ratist town of­fi­cial in city of Maine un­der attack

South Florida Times - - NATION - By PATRICK WHIT­TLE

PORT­LAND, Maine - Lead­ers in a Maine town said Sun­day they will meet with their town man­ager, who has come un­der fire f or es­pous­ing white sep­a­ratist views.

Jack­man town man­ager Tom Kawczyn­ski re­cently made pub­lic com­ments bash­ing Is­lam and call­ing for preserva- tion of white Euro­pean her itage in norther n New Eng­land.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials are sched­uled to meet with him on Tues­day. Town lawyer War­ren Shay said Sun­day the town man­ager's be­liefs aren't shared by Jack­man of­fi­cials, who in­tend to meet with him at Jack­man Town Of­fice at 8:30 a.m.

“The meet­ing is to talk with the town man­ager about com­ments at­trib­uted to him in a num­ber of news­pa­pers and other me­dia out­lets around the state,'' Shay said. ”The be­liefs re­flected in those com­ments are not shared by any of the se­lect per­sons or the Town of Jack­man.”

Kawczyn­ski didn't re­tur n phone calls from The As­so­ci­ated Press. He moved to Maine a year ago and launched a group called “New Al­bion'' to pro­mote what he calls” the pos­i­tive as­pects of our Euro­pean her itage'' in nor ther n New Eng­land and At­lantic Canada.

Kawczyn­ski has said he ex­pects to be fired over his ac­tions, but he does not in­tend to quit, and he does not f eel that his views on race in­ter­fere with his work as town man­ager. His web­site states that its pur­pose is ”de­fend­ing the peo­ple and cul­ture of New Eng­land.''

The web­site i ncludes es­says t hat make the case f or a vol­un­tar y sep­a­ra­tion of races, and iden­ti­fies Kawczyn­ski as ”stew­ard f or New Al­bion.'' He has also iden­ti­fied as a sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The Jack­man-Moose River Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent has said busi­nesses i n the area ”do not con­done'' Kawczyn­ski's views. The Amer­i­can Civil Liber ties Union of Maine has con­demned him as well.

Many so­cial me­dia users are tak­ing to Jack­man-re­lated Face­book pages to call f or Kawczyn­ski to quit or be fired. Jack­man is a town of about 850 peo­ple near wester n Maine's border with Saint-Théophile, Que­bec, about 170 miles north of Port­land.

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