A man accused of racially abusing Chesterfield’s first black mayor by calling him ‘Uncle Tom’ has been found not guilty by a jury.
James Wright, aged 41, was cleared of using racist language against councillor Alexis Diouf, and his wife Vickey-Anne Diouf at Derby Crown Court.
It took less than three hours for jurors to acquit Mr Wright, of Rutland Road, Chesterfield, of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.
The court heard Coun Diouf was with his wife and grandson outside Chesterfield Town Hall wearing his mayoral chain when Mr White approached and asked what he’d done to deserve being elected.
It was alleged he referred to Mr Diouf as ‘Uncle Tom’ and his wife as ‘Mrs Tom’.
Uncle Tom is a fictional slave character in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin who ingratiates himself with his white captors to rise to an elevated status.
Mr Wright claimed he had said ‘Tom-foolery - jewellery’ and the jury believed his version of events.