An Alabama city councilor faces calls to resign after using the N word, but said he would not resign because he was only repeating what he heard.
Tommy Bryant, a white Tarrant city councilor, used the racial epithet at a council meeting on Monday.
“Do we have a house n —– here?” Bryant asked during the taped board meeting. “Are we? Are we?”
In an interview with WVTM 13, Bryant said he rehearsed what Mayor Wayman Newton called fellow council member Veronica Freeman in executive session.
“[The mayor] didn’t need to use that term in front of everyone, and I thought the city should know the terminology the mayor used, and I didn’t want him to get away with it, “said Bryant.
Newton did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
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In the video, participants gasped after hearing the remark.
“We have to stop the racial slurs the mayor is making, and he always goes after Veronica Freeman,” Bryant told WVTM 13. “The city needs to know what kind of mayor and what kind of vocabulary he has.”
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In a statement viewed by AL.com, Newton said, “The video speaks for itself.”
“We were amazed. No one left because we were actually very, very shocked at what he said, ”Tarrant resident Waynette Bonham told CBS 42.
Bonham said that even though Bryant was repeating what he heard, he shouldn’t have used the word.
“He should resign because he was far too comfortable standing and using that word in front of a bunch of people of color,” Bonham told the station.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl has said that AL.com Bryant’s behavior is unacceptable.
“Such language is totally unacceptable in any context, and even more disturbing from an elected official,” Wahl said in a statement.
The Alabama Democratic Party urged Bryant to step down and called him unfit to serve.
“Alabama still has a long way to go when it comes to racing, but getting close to the KKK and using the N word should make you unfit to serve,” Wade Perry, the party’s executive director, said in a statement to AL. com.
When asked if he would resign, Bryant replied, “Absolutely not.”
“I might even consider running for mayor next time around,” Bryant said, according to CBS 42.
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