A WHITE Alabama city council member was recorded hurling the N-word toward a black colleague during a contentious Monday night meeting.
Tarrant Councilman John “Tommy” Bryant rose from his chair and pointed at Councilwoman Veronica Freeman telling her, “Do we have a house N-word in here? Would she please stand up?”
The video posted on the city’s Facebook page distinctly draws gasps from the audience members afterward.
Seated three chairs away, Freeman could be seen heavily breathing and weeping, while her hands cradlde her masked face.
She soon exited the room.
Bryant was engaged in a back-and-forth with Mayor Wayman Newton who was reading aloud social media posts composed by Bryant’s wife.
“This was about me and not my wife and now the subject has changed,” he said with both of his palmed hands open in a fit of contempt.
The mayor continued: “Your wife interjects…your wife puts herself in politics by posting things on Facebook and she attributes it to you.”
The two continued to tussle when someone from the audience yelled out “…And one time she used the N-word.”
That’s when Bryant, slamming hammered his fist against the table, stood up from his seat and to Freeman, he said:
“The N-word…let’s get to the N-word.
“Do we have a house N-word in here?”
Bryant claimed he was repeating a separate use of the same word N-word on Monday that was used by the mayor.
“There’ve been no repercussions for what the mayor said,” Bryant said.
“No one has held him to task for this and I felt it was time someone knew what was going on with the mayor.
“And that’s the reason I did what I did and I’m hoping people out in the audience will realize that he is the one who said these words.”
Bryant refused to apologize.
“I do not regret saying it if it will get the attention of everyone in the United States as to what kind of mayor we have. If it takes that to get their attention, I’m glad I said it,” Bryant said, according to WBRC.
“I did what needed to be done,” claiming in an interview with WVTM that the mayor used the same word, but he clarified it was a “stupid HN” during an “executive session.”
“He doesn’t need to use that term in front of everybody.
“I thought the city should know the kind of terminology the mayor uses and I didn’t want him to get away with it.”
He also dismissed calls for him to resign from the city council.
Mayor Newton, who is black, denied to ABC News that he ever used the slur.
“Unfortunately, it was a political stunt that kind of went wrong,” Newton said, and called Bryant’s accusation he used the “HN” slur as “categorically untrue.”
Meanwhile, there was a growing chorus condemning Bryant.
Bryant’s behavior was quickly called “completely unacceptable” by Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl.
“The Alabama Republican Party is deeply troubled by the racially charged outburst and disrespect shown by Councilman Tommy Bryant,” he told Alabama Local News.
“Such language is completely unacceptable in any setting, and even more concerning coming from an elected official.”
Alabama Democrats went further, demanding Bryant resign.
“He is racist and unfit to serve,” their statement reads.
It continued: “Alabama still has a long way to go when it comes to race, but cozying up to the KKK and using the N-word should make you unfit to serve.
“These racists belong in the history books with Bull Connor and George Wallace, not on the taxpayer’s payroll.”