A Georgia city council member, Gerald Byrd, refused to apologize for a Facebook post that had residents asking for his resignation.
Byrd shared a photo on social media that showed a side-by-side image of a Native American man standing next to a Black man. His caption read: “The genocide of one race, enslavement of another. Both people in the photo are the same.”
In response to the post he said: “White man has and is destroying the world.”
Resident Barry Harwell claimed the comments were racist.
“I do think racism will never really end as long as we’re entitled to offer up our personal opinion,” Harwell said at Monday’s city council meeting.
“He’s making disparaging remarks regarding an entire race of people, and such racism in our community is quite frankly disgusting,” resident Bobby Gaines said.
Despite the backlash, Byrd is refusing to step down and apologize.
“I don’t think that’s a racist comment at all,” he said. “You know when I think of my position here at city hall every day it seems I’m dealing with some sort of issue of racial discrimination.”
“It’s not about me, it’s more about disenfranchised people, such as the poor and their struggles every single day,” he said.