A Texas councilman faces a 30-day censure after he used “n**ger” during a meeting while trying to apologize for a Facebook post on Black Lives Matter that many perceived as racist.
The Schertz City Council voted to place Councilman Robin Thompson in “not good standing” for his comments for the next 30 days at their Tuesday meeting, reports News 4 San Antonio.
Thompson came under fire last week after he shared a meme on Facebook claiming that Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists didn’t do anything to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The meme shows an empty truck with the caption” A photo of all the supplies donated to Hurricane Harvey relief by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.”
Thompson deleted the post after residents complained to the city about it and accused him of being racist for sharing it.
“What he did was foster a lie that was offensive, it was incorrect, it was irresponsible and it was demeaning. It embarrassed the council,” said resident Clare Layton.
He appeared before the city council last week to try and defend himself against the accusations of racism by pointing to his history of helping minorities out. However, Thompson used “n*gger” in his attempts to defend himself.
“I was called in by the leaders of the church, and forgive the language I am going to use, but it was exactly what was said to me — ‘We are firing you because you are encouraging n*ggers to use our bathrooms and drink our water,” Thompson said. He later released a statement apologizing for using “n*gger.”
Some people at the city council hearing Tuesday defended Thompson’s remarks, pointing out that he apologized for using a racial slur.
“He has taken ownership and made a public apology,” said Penny Jennings of Schertz. “How many of you can say you’ve done the same? Everyone should remember that Councilman Thompson has done so many wonderful things for our city.”
The unanimous vote doesn’t seem to prevent Thompson from voting in council meetings.
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