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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

How We Talk About Race In N.H.

Wolfeboro, where a police commissioner was recently pressured to resign after making racist comments
Credit Sean Hurley / NHPR

After racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, outrage dominated the national headlines, and both men were widely reprimanded.  But some say merely criticizing and dismissing such comments isn’t enough – and that we need a candid conversation about race relations.

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NH News
5:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Police Commissioner Resigns But Questions Remain

Main Street in Wolfeboro. The town relies on summer tourism.
Sean Hurley

Although Police Commissioner Robert Copeland submitted a letter of resignation earlier today, the people of Wolfeboro worry about the possible long-term impact the racial controversy could have on their town. NHPR's Sean Hurley spoke with residents over the weekend, before Copeland’s resignation and looks more closely at what led to today’s events.

On Sunday Joanne Parise sat on the shore of Wolfeboro Bay.  On nearby Main Street, families lined up for ice cream, gazed in shop windows, and consulted maps and guidebooks.  The summer tourist season has already begun. 

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NH News
1:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Controversy Over Racist Remark

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Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland has resigned, according to the town police department. 

This move follows days of controversy after reports last week that he publicly used a racial slur to describe President Obama.  Copeland admitted to using the term when a resident sent him an email complaint, writing back, “For this I do not apologize—he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

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Newscast
12:35 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Wolfeboro Town Manager, Selectmen Ask For Police Commissioner's Resignation

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The Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen and Town Manager have posted a statement on the town's website condemning comments by local Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, and asking him to resign.   This comes after news reports earlier this week detailed racist comments by Copeland.

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