Walker launches civil lawsuit over racist pro-life email report

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Calling it the “modern digital version of burning a cross in your front yard,” Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, filed a civil lawsuit against West Virginians For Life and the former Berkeley County WVFL president, Richard Demoske on Tuesday for an anti-abortion message she received showing an image of a klan man.

Danielle Walker

On February 1, Walker, the only black lawmaker, received an email with a subject disguised as a member of the Ku Klux Klansman delivering a pro-life message. A post with the image was also posted on social media and branded with Delegate Walker’s name.

The post read, “Delegate Danielle Walker, West Virginia State Legislator for Monongalia County, District 51, the idiot featured in the image below is an ally of yours and shares the same beliefs as you that killing children who look like you is a good thing!”

The lawsuit says Walker believes her safety has been threatened and she now wears a protective vest in and around the state Capitol. Additionally, Walker claims the incident caused “mental suffering, mental anguish, injury, damage, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, embarrassment, indignity, shame, economic damage, diminished earning capacity and loss of wages. future”.

Demoske admitted to sending the image and resigned.

“In an effort to oppose racism, I composed a poorly crafted and easily misunderstood meme that unwittingly conveyed racism,” Desmoske said in a statement.

Walker spoke with MetroNews after receiving the message.

“For a black woman, the only black woman currently in both homes in the state of West Virginia, on the first day of Black History Month, to receive this hate mail is beyond my comprehension.

“If nothing else, what insensitivity. If nothing else, if it doesn’t scream racism, oppression and trauma, then what does it scream? »

Walker filed the lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court. The case is assigned to Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.

Walker is represented by Wheeling-based Toriseva Law.

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