A Georgia Republican is coming under fire for racially charged remarks he made on the social medium Facebook about a controversial photo of a black woman.
According to Atlanta’s 11 Alive News, Newton County Commissioner John Douglas posted an incendiary Facebook comment under a photo of a black woman desecrating a U.S. flag.
The image was widely circulated on social media as part of the #NotMyFlag protest. In it, a black woman is shown wiping her backside with Old Glory while giving the camera the middle finger.
While many attacked the image as offensive, Douglas went a step further and attacked the woman in a vicious, racist manner, writing “She is just a cheap street walker knee grow who lays down for white men.”
The comment has since been deleted, but not before a viewer sent a screen capture of to Channel 11.
When reporter Caty Beck contacted Douglas, he initially denied knowledge of the comment.
“I don’t know what happened, look at what she’s doing; I think that’s wrong,” he said.
Beck explained to Douglas that the woman in the photo — however offensive the image might be — is not an elected official, the commissioner said, “My response is you need to go find out why she did that.”
He has since posted an apology to his Facebook page, writing, “I used very insensitive racial words when I attack the flag abuser on Facebook that I deeply regret and apologized to the full commission and to Caty Beck from Channel 11 in tweets tonight. Again, I am very sorry for being insensitive, but you can understand how I lost my cool when I first saw this.”
U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) has called for Douglas to resign over the remarks.
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