Alabama councilman, 76, refuses to apologize for using N-word in public meeting, says he was simply repeating what he heard the city’s black mayor say
- Tarrant City Council member Tommy Bryant used the N-word during a public session held in the city Monday night.
- Refusing to apologize, he says he echoed what he heard the city’s black mayor say about fellow councilman Veronica Freeman
- The mayor of Tarrant has denied ever using the racial epithet against Freeman
An Alabama councilor refuses to apologize after being caught using the n-word on camera during a local government meeting.
Tarrant city councilor Tommy Bryant used the racist epithet during a public hearing held in the city Monday night.
Video of the meeting shows Bryant, 76, standing up and saying, ‘Do we have a house here n****r?’ He was allegedly referring to the black female councillor, Veronica Freeman.
On Wednesday, however, the senior counsel told local news outlets that he would not say sorry and that his words had been taken out of context.
Bryant claimed he was just repeating what he had heard the city’s black mayor, Wayman Newton, say about Freeman.
He also claimed that he and Freeman were allies and that they had collaborated in recent months to block proposals that Mayor Newton had put forward.
‘I did what had to be done. It had to be brought to light what kind of person the mayor is,” Bryant said WVTM TV.
Bryant (left) claimed he was just repeating what he had heard the city’s black mayor Wayman Newton (right) say
Mayor Newton – who is a black Republican – has denied ever using the slur against Freeman.
“They’re trying to expose me for saying something I didn’t say,” Newton said AL.com. “That was all a political stunt they didn’t do very well.”
He added: ‘Veronica [Freeman] and Tommy [Bryant]”In fact, they’ve been antagonizing me since I’ve been in office.”
Freeman has even threatened to sue Mayor Newton for racial discrimination.
However, the mayor says he has never uttered the n-word.
“I never used that phrase to talk about her,” Newton said. “Ask them to make the video. They record everything. They should have their own recording. They want me out. He [Bryant] wants to be mayor.’
Tarrant City Council member Tommy Bryant has declined to apologize after being caught on camera using the n-word during a local government meeting Monday night.
The mayor denies using the racist swear word against councilor Veronica Freeman. She has reportedly blocked several of his recent proposals
Freeman has not said what she thinks about Bryant repeating the racist remark during the council meeting.
However, the Democratic Party of Alabama has called on Bryant to resign. Alabama’s GOP released a statement saying the comment is “completely unacceptable.”
But Bryant says he refuses to admit it and insists he is not a racist.
“What’s a big part of the public’s definition is that I might be a racist. But according to what the true definition of a racist is, absolutely not,” he stated.
Tarrant, which borders the city of Birmingham, has a population of about 6,100 and about 53 percent is black, census statistics show.
The Democratic Party of Alabama has called on Bryant to resign. Alabama GOP has issued a statement saying the comment is ‘completely unacceptable’