ThinkProgress has obtained a series of Facebook posts from the press secretary for Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock, which contained racially-charged comments about African Americans in his neighborhood.
Benjamin Cole, a former Baptist pastor and energy industry spokesman, posted a series of videos and comments on October 13, 2013 mocking two African Americans outside his DC apartment. In the first, he compared them to animals escaping from the National Zoo engaged in “mating rituals.” That message included a video of a woman, shouting and seemingly engaged in an argument with someone not visible as she walked. In each of his posts, he used the hashtag “#gentrifytoday.”
The posts were deleted Wednesday. Later that year, Cole described witnessing a shooting of “one of the hood rats on my street” by “another hood rat.”
In a pattern of eyebrow-raising posts about race, Cole posted last month on Facebook about an issue he had with an African American police officer after he was allegedly assaulted by an African American female.
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski unearthed some additional Cole posts on Thursday, including a follow-up comment on his post from January about his interaction with a DC policewoman. In it, he wrote that he is “all too worried about the deportables, as you know. I am doing, however, my absolute best to put as many Black criminals who live and loiter on my street behind bars. And if I found any White, Hispanic, Arab, Aleutian, Islander, or other such race causing mischief in my neighborhood, I would pursue their arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment as well.”