Tarrant Alabama city councilman, John “Tommy” Bryant referred to a fellow black member of the city council as a “house nigg*r” during a meeting on Monday.
In the video obtained by Al. com Bryant, 76, the longest-serving member of the council, is seen standing up and asking “do we have a house n—-r in here? Do we? Do we? Will she please stand up,” while gesturing towards Veronica Freeman, a black councilwoman in the video.
During the city council meeting, an audience member reportedly confronted Bryant about his wife using the n-word on Facebook, prompting Bryant’s remark.
Bryant said his wife does not speak for him. From there, he stood up and asked, “Do we have a house n— in here?”
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According to Al.com there was an audible gasp in the room after the lawmaker used the word.
Mayor Wayman Newton, Tarrant city’s first Black mayor, has received pushback from a small minority of white residents, including Bryant since winning election last year.
The Daily Beast goes into extensive detail about the racial issues Tarrant has faced and specifically mentions an occasion where Bryant admits he called Newton a “little boy” to rile him up.
As for Bryant using the racial slur, Mayor Newton said: “The video speaks for itself.”
The Alabama Democratic Party is calling for Bryant to resign, saying the lawmaker is “a racist unfit to serve.”