Mayor Dwan Walker as posted to his Twitter Feed.

We awake once again to news of another man slain in Aliquippa. Homicides in the town are becoming almost commonplace now, and at this rate Aliquippa may soon qualify for yet another government assistance program, United Nations Peacekeeping Forces. The economic decline of Aliquippa is outpaced only by its cultural decline, and the town seems to lack the willpower to overcome either.

It would take something extraordinary to effectuate any meaningful change now, and someone even more extraordinary to slow the decline much less reverse its trend. While the solution to Aliquippa’s problems remains elusive, what has become abundantly clear is the town’s first African American leader is not a factor in that equation.

Mayor Dwan Walker has seen his list of accolades grow longer and longer over his first year in office. He’s thrown out the first pitch at a Pirates Game, shaken hands with President Barack Obama, had his picture taken with former President Bill Clinton, campaigned with Congressmen, eaten fancy dinners at upscale restaurants without having to worry about the bill. He’s traveled to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, and had any number of newspaper and magazine articles written about him.

Unfortunately for the people of Aliquippa, Dwan Walker’s list of actual accomplishments still has but one entry: Being elected as the town’s first African American Mayor.

Now, as another man lay dead in Aliquippa, Dwan Walker is reportedly headed to Nigeria — an African country whose most famous exports are email scams. He’s scheduled to attend the “National Conference On Rediscovering The Nigerian Local Government System In The Emerging Constitution”, where the “Chief Special Guest of Honour” will be “His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President & Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Mayor Walker had been touting the honor of being recognized at the international affair since the end of October, when he first received an invitation in the mail. A letter sent to Walker from Nigeria reads in part, “You are invited for your work in city government and for a continued commitment at building cross continental bridge to strengthen relations between U.S and Nigeria. We will honor your work […] We shall cover your cost of travel, lodging, feeding and ground logistics for the duration of your visit with us. Association of Local Government of Nigeria has as members elected Mayors called Chairman serving in their respective cities we call Local Government.”

“Cross Continental Bridge Maker” Dwan Walker hasn’t been publicly heard from since leaving Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC on November 25th.

Mayor Walker has become the personification of nearly every ugly stereotype that has ever been levied against those living in “his town.” Over the past year he’s gotten divorced, lost his job at FedEx, been heard at public functions threatening to assault a Commissioner, ordered police to have a reporter removed from Aliquippa for failing to write about his greatness, and threatened to have another reporter arrested for quoting a misogynistic rant he posted on Twitter.

Even those who originally found themselves hypnotized by his unending chant of biblical verses should by now realize, the Emperor of Aliquippastan is standing before them naked.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Candy Christy Kenny
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Candy Christy Kenny

i say move all the drug addicted sellers and users out of towns like rochester and monaca move them all to quip and let them kill thier selves

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Poeticallyversed

How can anyone say something like that? It does not just take one person to run a city a county or a state. it takes all hands on deck. when I was raised it took every one to raise everyones kids and that is how it should be for a place that you call home a place where you were raised a place that you want your children and your childrens children to be raised. Why would you want some one to die instead of helping them where is the Jesus in that Jesus walked the earth going from city to city helping and healing curing and forgiving tearing down just to rebuild….isn’t that what we are supposed to do…..not just one but together as a team as a community an county. We need to come together and unite we have all have family across beaver county so why would you want to see them dead when you could of just helped them. please use your heart not your hate.

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This man is a joke that lijkes to hear himself speak, and is embarrasment to Aliquippa and the black community, its sad what a joke , he has done so many shady deals with whitey and the boys and that creep sheriff

Slsppy
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Slsppy

It starts with the police chief. He is the main thug.

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Mayb you both should wake up ! The leaders are supposed to help young adults in leading a good life and being on right path , not exploit them for personal gain. He has done nothing while in office , but worry about himself ! People need to vote this one out as well

PMC
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PMC

Why do we continue to tap dance around this issue? We all know who is really running the drug game in Quip and surrounding communities. The mayor, though he may have many faults, did not start this problem. As many people are doing with our President, this is just another case of convenient” blame the brother” syndrome for the ills of other outside covert forces who wish to remain hidden in the shadows but reap the flood of profit off the backs of primarily poor,young black males with no hope.