For the first time in its 130-year history, Wyoming has a Black sheriff. Aaron A…


For the first time in its 130-year history, Wyoming has a Black sheriff. Aaron Appelhans has taken charge of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. “You don’t see a whole lot of African Americans in law enforcement,” Appelhans told CNN. “So, I’m trying to overcome that roadblock of taking a non-traditional career path and affect change within my community.”⁠

One reason it took so long to appoint a Black sheriff, according to the president of the Wyoming NAACP, Stephen Latham, is the state’s small Black population. Blacks make up 1.3% of the state’s population, while Whites make up 92.5%, according to the US Census Bureau.⁠

(📸: Mead Gruver/AP)⁠



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  1. I’m still waiting on the day when this isn’t something we need to celebrate but just another regular sheriff appointment

  2. Whats the percentage of the population black in Wyoming. You make it seem they didn’t have a black sheriff because they purposely fought against it. Even though Wyoming is Traditionally inclusive like the first female governor

  3. Idrc about the color of his skin CNN, if he’s qualified & does a good job… That’s all I care about, not everything is about race🙄 Still, Congrats to him but it goes beyond his race

  4. This dude is a legit solid cop.. got to talk to him a couple of times and he genuinely seems like he cares about his job and the people around the community

  5. It would be nice to stop using the colour of skin as a part of identity … why we should care if it’s white or black or red or whatever … maybe at some point we should stop bolding there kind of subject to make people forget there is any difference …

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