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Topeka Warden Accused of Racially Insensitive Comments
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The warden of a Topeka woman's prison is accused of making racially insensitive comments. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported on the allegations against Topeka Correctional Facility Warden Richard Koerner as part of an ongoing investigation.
The claims include that Koerner made a lynching reference while criticizing two black women who were reorganizing their office. One of the women, Mary Carr, says Koerner said something "to the effect that, 'You two wouldn't be happy if I hung you with a new rope."'
Another black employee, Willie Tabor, says Koerner repeatedly called him "boy."
Koerner confirmed he made both remarks. But he says the hangman's line was a joke and use of the term "boy" was intended as an affectionate reference rather than a racial put-down.
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