One after another Newton County citizens, mostly black, called on Commissioner John Douglas to resign.
“You need to resign and I’ll accept nothing less from you,” said an angry woman from the podium.
Newton County Commissioner John Douglas admitted making racial and sexist comments on social media. They were Facebook comments against an African-American woman who desecrated the American Flag.
“If I could take it back, I certainly would to say I’m sorry is a vast understatement,” Commissioner John Douglas told the crowd from his seat.
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He also outlined what he said was a long history of positive relations with African Americans.
He spoke of a black roommate from the military, of hiring the only black executive assistant in a Republican dominated legislature from his years as a state lawmaker and helping a down on his luck African American in private life. After reading his lengthy statement, Douglas again apologized.