Race-card pulling San Fran board president accused of hurling racial slur at black sheriff’s cadet

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton is known for pulling the race card to promote his progressive agenda and it appears, after accusations of hurling racial slurs at a city employee, that his discrimination knows no bounds.

Favored terms like diversity, inclusion and equity often get bandied about by self-important members of the left who view themselves as arbiters of society. In reality, their appeals to compassion are veils for their elitism which Walton was accused of putting on full display near the end of June, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

On Friday, the outlet reported on an incident said to have occurred on June 24 as Walton attempted to pass through a City Hall security checkpoint. When instructed by a black Sheriff’s Office cadet, identified as Emare Butler, to remove his belt before passing through the metal detector, the supervisor, himself a black man, began referring to the cadet with “the n-word.”

“President Walton became very angry with [the cadet], who is African American, and said, ‘It is N-words like you that looks like me that is always the problem,” Undersheriff Joseph Engler wrote to Sheriff Paul Miyamoto and Human Resources Director Carol Isen in a June 26 memo regarding the interaction.

Engler and Walton had a meeting about the alleged altercation later the same day and the supervisor admitted to his use of “the n-word” and further told the undersheriff he had told Butler “this is some n– shit” when asked to remove his belt. For that, Engler issued a reprimand and told him, “You can’t use that word. I won’t allow anyone to direct that word towards anyone who works for me.”

The board president is known for his racially charged accusations and in July 2020 he introduced the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act as a play on the pejorative term “Karen” aimed at making it illegal to “fabricate false racially biased emergency reports.”

“In these times of continued systemic and systematic oppression of black people, we have to be innovative and strong with our solutions,” Walton claimed at the time. “It is also our collective responsibility as the Board of Supervisors to prevent racial discrimination in all its forms and seek justice for people when we are unable to stop discrimination from happening.”

Now, the board president has decided to play the victim in a fashion similar to what the CAREN Act was aimed to prevent and accused the Sheriff’s Office misrepresenting the incident because of their bias toward him.

“No other Supervisor has been a (a bigger) thorn in the Sheriff’s Department side than me,” he argued regarding his oversight legislation. “Therefore, there is no surprise that incidents (in the memo) are more colorful and salacious than what I experienced on that day. These incidents are in clear dispute and seek to vilify me and my character. I would never expect the Sheriff’s department to provide an accurate account of what transpired between two Black men.”

Meanwhile, Cadet Butler who agreed to an interview with the Chronicle and offered up his previously redacted identity alleged Walton did more than simply use coarse language and that the supervisor threatened him as well. “You must not know who I am,” Butler claimed Walton said. “I’ll whoop your a**.”

“It was embarrassing,” the cadet told the outlet. “You come to work, and you don’t know who his friends are, you don’t know who he has alliances with. I’m just an employee here.”

The Sheriff’s Office provided a statement to the Chronicle Friday that said in part that the office was “aware of the matter and has taken proactive steps to support and reassure our employees that racist, derogatory or unprofessional remarks will not be tolerated in our workplace or any place in the City and County of San Francisco.”

Since the incident, Engler had repositioned Butler to a location in City Hall where he would be less likely to run into the supervisor. However, Walton’s racially-charged behavior has yet to stop as it was reported he recently called for the resignation of school board member Ann Hsu for her supposedly racist comments that challenges in educating minority students stemmed from their “unstable family environments” and “lack of parental encouragement to focus on learning.”

To Walton’s outrage over Hsu’s remarks, Butler reacted, “It was tough to hear. I felt like it was really hypocritical. You were perfectly fine with berating me in front of a whole floor of people.”


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