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A joke gone wrong or a blatant display of racism, either way Shreveport, Louisiana mayoral candidate Bryan Wooley has enraged many residents after he allegedly posted flyers in a black neighborhood offering chicken and limo rides to poll sites.

The controversy initiated with a “Freedom Rally” event reportedly sponsored by mayoral candidate Bryan Wooley.

The event, that was said to have happened Wednesday and Thursday, was advertised to feature free chicken and limo rides to early voting polls to residents of Shreveport’s Cooper Road area.

Cooper Road is a predominantly black neighborhood also known as the Martin Luther King neighborhood.

Needless to say, the flyers – which were also posted on Facebook – were seen as a smack in the face to many of Shreveport’s black residents. Fellow mayoral candidate Parker Ward told the Shreveport Times,

“Words can’t express my anger over this racist move. I am calling on Bryan Wooley to send a public apology to the African American Community.” 

According to the Times, calls to Wooley’s campaign spokesperson to verify the authenticity of the flyer and event were not immediately returned this morning.

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