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Alabama city leader calls black people the N-word. He won't quit, and he's going to run for Mayor.

TARRANT, Ala. (AP) — A white city leader captured on video using a racial slur toward Black people during a council meeting said he won't apologize, and might run for mayor. Others are calling for his resignation.

Tarrant City Council member Tommy Bryant told news outlets his use of the n-word on Monday night reflected something the city's Black mayor, Wayman Newton, had said during an earlier private meeting.

Standing up from his council seat during a public session and referring to a Black female council member, Veronica Freeman, Bryant asked: “Do we have a house (n-word) in here?” Some in the audience gasped at his use of the phrase, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, and Freeman left crying, but Bryant was unapologetic.

Associated Press Alabama city leader won't quit after using racial slur Wed, July 21, 2021, 4:08 AM·2 min read In this article:

Tommy Bryant American musician

Veronica Freeman American musician

TARRANT, Ala. (AP) — A white city leader captured on video using a racial slur toward Black people during a council meeting said he won't apologize, and might run for mayor. Others are calling for his resignation.

Tarrant City Council member Tommy Bryant told news outlets his use of the n-word on Monday night reflected something the city's Black mayor, Wayman Newton, had said during an earlier private meeting.

Standing up from his council seat during a public session and referring to a Black female council member, Veronica Freeman, Bryant asked: “Do we have a house (n-word) in here?” Some in the audience gasped at his use of the phrase, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, and Freeman left crying, but Bryant was unapologetic.

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“I did what needed to be done. It needed to be brought to light what kind of a person the mayor is,” Bryant told WVTM-TV.

The mayor declined comment and said the video speaks for itself.

Asked whether he is a racist, Bryant demurred.

“It's according to what your definition of the word racist is. What a lot of the public's definition is, I might be a racist. But according to what the true definition of a racist is, absolutely not," he told the station.

Bryant did not respond to an email sent to the city by The Associated Press on Wednesday seeking additional comment.

While city elections are nonpartisan in Alabama, the state Democratic Party issued a statement calling for Bryant's resignation, and the Alabama GOP noted that Newton is a Republican and said Bryant's remark was “completely unacceptable.”

Tarrant, which adjoins Birmingham, has a population of about 6,100 and is about 53% Black, Census statistics show.

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by Anonymousreply 6July 22, 2021 12:41 PM

Does the Pope shit in the woods?

by Anonymousreply 1July 21, 2021 7:10 PM

Disgusting. He should lose his position and definitely not get any salary from tax payers.

by Anonymousreply 2July 21, 2021 7:13 PM

No one should ever use the N word in any context.

by Anonymousreply 3July 21, 2021 7:18 PM

San Francisco school board member refuses to resign for her 2016 tweets calling Asian Americans 'house n****rs' who embrace 'white supremacist thinking' to get ahead

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by Anonymousreply 4July 21, 2021 7:20 PM

R4

Fuck off, racist conservatroll.

by Anonymousreply 5July 22, 2021 12:37 PM

I'm waiting for Ling Ling @R4 to use "baizuo" like on the other thread where that racist shitstain popped up.

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by Anonymousreply 6July 22, 2021 12:41 PM
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