Alabama council member who used racist slur faces calls to resign

7/22/2021 12:20:00 AM

Alabama council member who used racist slur faces calls to resign.

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.City of Tarrant, AlabamaAn Alabama city council member is facing calls to resign after he used a racist slur while pointing toward a Black colleague during a meeting Monday night.John “Tommy” Bryant stood up and pointed at Black council member Veronica Freeman and said, “Do we have a house N-word in here? Would she please stand up?" during the council meeting.

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Video of the meeting was shared on the Tarrant, Alabama,. The clip shows audience members at the council meeting audibly gasping in response to his use of the slur.Freeman was later seen sobbing with her head in her hands before stepping out.Bryant said that his use of the slur was to reflect something Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton, who is Black, allegedly said during an earlier private meeting.

“He doesn’t need to use that term in front of everybody, and I thought the city ought to know the kind of terminology the mayor uses, and I didn’t want him to get away with it. So that’s the reason I made that comment," Bryant said in a Tuesday interview with local news station headtopics.com

.City of Tarrant, AlabamaCity Council member Tommy Bryant speaks during a meeting in Tarrant, Ala., on July 19, 2021, where he used a racial slur.“He said it in a derogatory manner, I said it so people would know what the mayor said,” Bryant added. “The mayor was being derogatory toward Veronica Freeman when he said that.”

When asked if he was racist, Bryant said, “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.”MORE: New Jersey man who delivered racist rant in viral video faces multiple new charges

Bryant and Freeman did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.Newton, who was sworn in as mayor in November, did not respond to ABC News' request but toldon Tuesday, “The video speaks for itself.” Read more: ABC News »

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He shouldn't be called to resign he SHOULD BE REMOVED!!!!. Good. I was shocked! He should be facing a lot more than that! Call them here Tribe of Daughters... I feel this headline has completely understated how racist this racist was. Good. good So he claims he heard the mayor say it? Tape or it never happened...

Alabama lawmaker uses racist slur in recorded council meeting, faces calls to resignThe official stood up, pointed to a Black council member and used the slur, eliciting gasps from residents. Alabama in the news again. Where Racist is alive and well He might need to move! Sounds like someone over bleached his Klan robe and hat.

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