A white Alabama city councilor called a black colleague “house n-r” during a public session, gasping the audience and urging him to resign.
Tarrant City Councilor Tommy Bryant used the racial slur during a council meeting Monday while gesturing at Councilor Veronica Freeman, who later left the meeting, visibly shaken.
The video shows an excited Bryant discussing social media posts allegedly made by his wife with Mayor Wayman Newton and another councilor when someone in the audience claimed that Bryant’s wife used a racial name.
That prompted Bryant to slap his hand on a desk and say, “Let’s get to the N-word,” the video shows.
“Hey, do we have a house here?” Said Bryant, drawing a gasp from the crowd. “Do we? Hey, do we?”
Then Bryant Freeman held up his hand and said, “Would she get up, please? That’s what the mayor called her, what do you think of that? “
Bryant claimed he was merely repeating what Newton, Tarrant’s first black mayor, previously called Freeman, a claim the mayor denied, AL.com reported.
“You’re trying to expose me for saying something I didn’t say,” Newton told the point of sale. “All of that was a political stunt that they didn’t do very well.”
Newton claimed Freeman teamed up with Bryant and other white city council members to block his proposals, including reorganizing Tarrant’s finance department, AL.com reported.
“I never used that phrase to talk about them,” Newton said. “Ask them to produce the video. They record everything. You should have your own recording. You want me out. [Bryant] wants to become mayor. “
Bryant told WBRC that he said the slander should call the mayor and that he has no intention of resigning. Alabama Democrats have called for his resignation and issued a statement saying he was “racist and incapacitated”.
“Alabama has a long way to go when it comes to racing, but once you get used to the KKK and use the N-word, you shouldn’t be fit for service,” he said Read statement. “These racists should be in the history books of Bull Connor and George Wallace, not on the taxpayer payroll.”
The Alabama NAACP chapter is also calling on Bryant to resign, AL.com reported.
Bryant insisted that he could use the term because Newton had previously used it in a “derogatory way” to Freeman.
“No way,” Bryant told WIAT when asked if he would resign. “I could even imagine running for mayor next time.”
Meanwhile, a Freeman attorney said Bryant’s outbreak was clearly out of bounds.
“The statements represent unacceptable racial discrimination and harassment,” said Freeman’s lawyer. “Such statements are also deeply hurtful and absolutely unacceptable in our society.”
Attempts to reach Bryant on Thursday were unsuccessful.