ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

June 03, 1993

Mayor defends his position on Denny's

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins defended yesterday his failure to speak out on behalf of six black Secret Service agents who claim they were denied service at a Denny's just outside the city limits.

"Denny's is not in Annapolis," he said. "I would think that Alderman Snowden would know the boundaries of this city."

Alderman Carl O. Snowden and other members of the Maryland chapter of the Rainbow Coalition criticized public officials Tuesday for their "silence" on the complaints brought by the Secret Service agents.

The agents were part of a uniformed detail that came to Annapolis April 1 to protect President Clinton during a speech at the Naval Academy. They allege they were not served breakfast for an hour while their white colleagues finished second and third helpings.

Mr. Snowden, who is organizing an "informational boycott" at 11 a.m. Saturday to be led by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, said yesterday that the mayor missed the point of the protest.

"Elected officials have a responsibility to speak out against injustice wherever it is," he said. "To suggest that he can only speak out when bigotry occurs within the boundaries of the city misses the point."

Mr. Hopkins said he would have spoken up immediately about any discriminatory incident within the city. "If anyone within this town discriminates on the basis of race, gender or ethnic heritage, I wish they would leave town," he said. "I mean it. I wish they would just leave."


* Annapolis: Vandals smashed all the toilet paper brackets in DTC a restroom at Quiet Waters Park Saturday and threw toilet paper throughout the room.

* Annapolis Cove: Burglars stole $20 worth of beer and wine from a home in the 3100 block of Drogue Court Friday.

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