East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks released a statement Thursday in response to former Illinois Lottery Control Board Chairman Blair Garber’s comments on Twitter, where he called the city the “shithole of the universe.”
Garber resigned from the lottery board on Wednesday, following an outcry about his comment.
“Blair Garber’s rhetoric painted a negative vision of East St. Louis. This vision is so outlandish that no human being should see this as a vision for themselves, their children, families and leadership; because as a man thinketh so is he,” Jackson-Hicks said.
“Here in East St. Louis, we are writing our own story and we have a different vision of our city that has not gone without experiencing some challenges, but we are continuing to strive rebuild our great city,” she continued. “As mayor of this city and as a citizen born and raised in East St. Louis, I felt a keen sense of sadness that we have not moved beyond this type of mentality. Our children, their families, our seniors and the entire state of Illinois should not be subjected to this type of leadership.”