“Doth Protest to Much, Methinks”

Posted: September 19, 2015 in The Film
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1602 play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.It has been used as a figure of speech, in various phrasings, to indicate that a person’s overly frequent or vehement attempts to convince others of something have ironically helped to convince others that the opposite is true, by making the person look insincere and defensive

h. Deposition testimony from Penny Sharp that Mayor Dickert said “These niggers need to go back to Waukegan because they are disturbing the revenue here in Racine from the lake, from our vacationers at the lake.”  (Id. at 19-20).

Dickert told 620 WTMJ. Dickert explained that he has proof that slurs were not used.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, John Dickert declares as follows:
1. I am an adult resident of the City of Racine, Wisconsin.
2. I am the Mayor of City of Racine. I have been the Mayor of the City of Racine
since May 19, 2009.
3. I have reviewed the deposition transcript of Penny Sharp. From reviewing that
transcript, I am aware that Penny Sharp claims that sometime in January 2011 at a meeting of the
Democratic Party for the City of Racine held at the Union Hall located at 1840 Sycamore
Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin, I made a racially derogatory statement toward African-Americans
from Waukegan, Illinois (a statement which I am choosing not to repeat for purposes of this
4. I categorically deny ever making any such statement either at that time or any
other time. I do not use the word that Ms. Sharp ascribes to me and would never do so. It is
most definitely not in my vocabulary. I have many friends who are African-American and
personally worked on President Obama’s campaigns. I have worked hard as Mayor of Racine
Case 2:14-cv-00208-JPS Filed 02/23/15 Page 1 of 2 Document 121-2
on many initiatives in the City that were intended to improve the lives of minorities in this City
and improve race relations.
5. One example of such initiatives is the Pastoral Program that I created. The
pastoral program is a housing project/partnership with churches in the City of Racine designed to
rehabilitate homes and build new houses near the participating churches. We work with the
churches and local groups like First Choice pre-apprenticeship to train local residents on how to
do basic rehabilitation work. Once the house is rehabilitated or built, it is then sold to a local
first time home buyer, preferably a congregant from the participating churches.
6. Ms. Sharp has a long history of being outspoken against me and supporting my
opponents for the Office of Mayor in every mayoral election, including my current efforts to get
reelected to office. Her dislike for me apparently stems from an interaction I had with her
husband, Scott Sharp, who is a former president of the local union, over a labor contract with the
City. At that time, Mr. Sharp was seeking from me concessions for himself personally in the
contract negotiations. I rebuffed his efforts because I was not negotiating the contract for the
City (that is the role of the City Attorneys’ Office) and his proposal was entirely improper.
7. I find the accusation by Ms. Sharp despicable and reprehensible and believe her
testimony is politically motivated.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing statements are true and correct.
Executed this 23rd day of February 2015 in Racine, Wisconsin.
/s John Dickert
John Dickert

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