Palmetto, Florida – During a town hall meeting at Mount Raymond Full Gospel Baptist Church, dozens of members of the community called for the firing of Marc Dosogne, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County.
The outcry follows an email that Dosogne sent to staff outlining new hiring practices for the organization which would, among other things, disqualify anyone with dreadlocks or anyone who had a child as a teenager.
"This to me indicates a thought process, a pattern, a theme that he really had to think about … that really wasn't a slip of the tongue," said State Rep. Darryl Rouson.
The moderator of the event, who currently manages a local bank, took the banning of those with dreadlocks particularly offensive.
"I'm good enough to work for the company I work for but not for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee Co," said Gregory Alexandrea.
Among those in the crowd were members of the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County board, who listened to the concerns of the crowd.
"Folks brought up some very good points and I think they're all being considered. There's a lot of information to consider," said board member Mike Moscchella.
Dosogne remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which could take a couple of more weeks to complete.
Still, Palmetto commissioner Charles Smith, a member of the civil right group the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he will accept nothing less than Dosogne's dismissal.
"If he don't go, we're going to direct action. I will mobilize every chapter in the State of Florida in SCLC. A mass rally and picketing," he said.
Dosogne told 10 News in a previous interview that his letter could have been worded differently but was meant only to provide the children at the organization with good role models.