A GOP Alabama council member referred to one of his Black colleagues as a “house n—-r” at a meeting on Monday evening.
Tarrant, Alabama city councilman Tommy Bryant loudly asked, “Do we have a house n—-r in here? Do we? Do we? Will she please stand up.”
Democrats called for Bryant’s resignation after he used the slur at a Monday council meeting. Local Republicans also condemned Bryant for what they called a “racially charged outburst.”
Bryant made the comment as part of a discussion raised by members of the public about Facebook posts by Bryant’s wife.
When a member of the public said that she had used the N-word, Bryant said: “Let’s get to the N-word,” which he referred to indirectly at first. He then used the word, saying “Do we have a house [N-word] in here?”
“Do we? Do we? ” he continued, appearing to indicate a Black colleague, Veronica Freeman. “Would she please stand up?”
Bryant later claimed that he only used the n-word because it was what Wayman Newton, the city’s first Black mayor, had called Freeman in a previous meeting.
The Alabama Democratic Party released a statement calling for his resignation. “He is a racist and unfit to serve,” it said.