The city staff reacted swiftly and properly yesterday after the news of Paul Smith's disgusting signage and even worse TV interview broke yesterday.
Official statement regarding the YouTube Video
By: cr - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
STERLING HEIGHTS -- The City of Sterling Heights has worked diligently over the course of the past 45 years to build a community of inclusiveness. This effort has enriched Sterling Heights and contributed to the city being recognized as a community that is welcoming and tolerant for people from all over the world and all walks of life. Sterling Heights has also built a reputation for being a safe place, where residents are protected from the violence that is now all too prevalent in our society.
It is in this context that the City of Sterling Heights must strongly disavow the personal viewpoints expressed by Mr. Smith on the signage displayed in the YouTube video and his attempted defense of the disturbing content.
It is regrettable that such images and the intolerant and violent viewpoints that they espouse are brought forth in the public discourse. It is the city's hope that those who are exposed to these images judge them as the personal opinion of one man. Otherwise, the dedication of the many in Sterling Heights who have put forth the time and effort to foster a culture of acceptance will have been paid a great disservice.