Alabama lawmaker uses racist slur in recorded council meeting, faces calls to resign

An Alabama lawmaker is facing calls to resign after using the N-word during a council meeting.

7/21/2021 9:07:00 PM

An Alabama lawmaker is facing calls to resign after using the N-word during a council meeting.

The official stood up, pointed to a Black council member and used the slur, eliciting gasps from residents.

Residents can be heard gasping.In afollowing the meeting, Alabama Democrats called for Bryant to resign."He is racist and unfit to serve," the statement said."Alabama still has a long way to go when it comes to race, but cozying up to the KKK and using the N-word should make you unfit to serve," the statement continued."These racists belong in the history books with Bull Connor and George Wallace, not on the taxpayer's payroll."

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Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl said in a statement that the party"is deeply troubled by the racially charged outburst and disrespect shown by Councilman Tommy Bryant. Such language is completely unacceptable in any setting, and even more concerning coming from an elected official."

"The comments made at the Tarrant city council meeting have no place in government leadership, and if they reflect the opinion of Tommy Bryant he should immediately step down," Wahl said.Waynette Bonham, a Tarrant resident who was at the meeting, also said Bryant should resign.

"This is not who we need representing us at any capacity," she told NBC News.Bonham, who is Black, said Bryant's outburst was in response to her questioning him about why his wife had repeatedly used the word in Facebook posts.Screenshots appear to show Nancy Bryant writing in the posts that Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton had used the phrase"house N-word" when referring to a Black council member. While an expletive is not spelled out in the post, the N-word is.

Bonham said if Newton, who is Black, used the slur, it was in private."I cannot say if he did or did not," Bonham said."However, two wrongs do not make a right and the comfort level that the Bryants have using the word so freely is a problem."

Bryant did not respond to NBC News' requests for comment Wednesday.In an interview with NBC affiliateWVTMof Birmingham Tuesday, Bryant stood by using the word."I thought the city ought to know the type 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."If I had let it go and sugar-coated it, we would not be having this conversation right now."

Bryant also admitted to calling Newton, who is the first Black mayor in Tarrant, a"little boy."When asked if he is racist, he responded:"What the public’s definition is, I might be a racist but according to what the true meaning of the word racist is, absolutely not."

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In Monday's meeting, Bryant also referred to the LGBTQ community as"LGBT-whatever."He then called a Buddhist constituent a Muslim, and went on to say that Muslims believe that"if you're not Muslim, their religion says they need to kill you."

Bonham said Bryant does not reflect Tarrant, a city about six miles north of Birmingham. Read more: NBC News »

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Will this ever stop this is 2021 and we are going in reverse Plz flush this 💩 dn the 🚽…🤬 I'll stop using it when THEY do. He did thay bc the guy he was directing his racist language to was able to restrain himself, however folks like this guy need to understand.... everybody doesn't have that restraint and someone is going to dot his eye.

Removing confederate statues is only the beginning of the cleanup that needs to happen in some of those Southern towns. Alabamians, need to realize that this is exactly how alot people think you all behave and feel. Now is your chance to try and fix this image. Will you do the right thing? Never a good thing to do at work!

'Naugahyde' is offensive. RemindMe_OfThis in 10 days. I’m betting everyone forgets about it. He is sorry that his hood was showing. Alabama, does this man represent your values?

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He probably thought he’s at home where he says the word every day. Because.... Um... Yeah... It's Alabama 😢 Why resign!? Get a bouncer and throw his ass in the street! As he should! That was disgusting and soooo 1921! Even for Alabama! Good That's dishonest reporting. He was clearly repeating what the mayor said. Not saying it's right or I approve because I don't but at least report the facts.

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He is showing his true self. But everyone just sat there and didn’t respond like it was normal behavior for him. And the GOP says racism isn't a problem in USA. This shows it's alive & well. They are the new head of KKK. Sad end to the Rep party. He forgot to wear his hood. The FUQ Should’ve dressed in blackface. Apparently that doesn’t count.

shomaristone People start beating these people up, they'll stop talking like this.. 🤷🏾‍♂ shomaristone Facing calls to resign He should be relieved of his duty's by the council!! Shame on them for not taking immediate action!! He will say he didn’t mean to… but he did and it is normal for him. It will be a vague apology. We can’t accept it! he needs a lesson and he needs to be removed!

What about hunter Biden repeatedly using it? NBC won’t cover that will they Well he’s showing his real feeling .

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How offensive in 2021 for someone to say something like this. He is not fit for service. No question here- must resign. A Call to Protect People and Nature! T'h'a'c'k'e'r Pass, Nevada, Thread to Watch/read: Hijo de puta! Renuncia cabrón! He only likes house negroes. He didn’t just use the N-word, the phrase he used it with makes what he said even worse. He needs to resign.

He needs to be told you’re gone FFS! It's Alabama, what y'all expect? He probably run for the senate in Alabama and win on that platform. I bet you a million bucks it wasn't the first time . He looks like the kkk guy from porky's

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This got to stop right now! This evil man need to fired LeslieMarshall Why is it HIS decision? He might need to move! Sounds like someone over bleached his Klan robe and hat. …just locker room talk…. Heard everywhere… so sad. Alabama in the news again. Where Racist is alive and well

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