Oregon councilman: I’m not racist for sharing video of driver running over black people — you are
An Oregon city councilman tried the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” defense after he posted a racially charged video encouraging violence against black protesters.
Daniel Benjamin, a city councilor in Salem, posted the violent video on his personal Facebook page showing a vehicle plowing into several black people as ominous music plays, reported KATU-TV.
The post includes a description from a conservative blogger complaining that “people are starting to get tired of the Black Lives Matter bullies blocking the roadways.”
Civil rights activists have called for Benjamin to resign, saying the post was “sickening.”
“You’re promoting racial intimidation and harassment and possibly murder,” said Teressa Raiford, lead organizer for Don’t Shoot Portland. “Ask him to resign or just go ahead and get done with him.”
Salem’s mayor said she asked Benjamin to take down the post, but he told KATU that anyone who was offended by the public post could just un-friend him.
Benjamin insisted the post had nothing to do with race and accused his critics of being the real racists.
“To infer I’m a racist is actually racist,” Benjamin said.
Raiford dismissed the councilor’s excuse as “hogwash,” and the mayor said Benjamin could face possible sanctions from the city.
Councilors may be sanctioned under council rules if their actions reflect poorly on the city, but they can be removed only if they’re convicted of a crime or fail to show up for work and don’t communicate with city officials for 30 days.