A city council member in Tarrant, Alabama, casually blurted out a shocking racist slur at a meeting on Monday, video shows. (Watch it below.)
Tommy Bryant apparently used the term when talking about council member Veronica Freeman, who is Black, according to the Daily Beast.
“Do we have a house nigger in here? Do we? Do we? Will she please stand up?” Bryant said.
Just before Bryant made that comment, a member of the public questioned him about his wife using the same slur on social media, Bama Politics reported.
“The video speaks for itself,” said Mayor Wayman Newton, who is Black, per the Daily Beast.
Bryant accused Newton of using the term previously to describe Freeman and said he repeated it to amplify the gravity of it, AL.com reported.
Tensions have simmered between Bryant and Newton, Bama Politics noted. The Daily Beast also reported a “power struggle” between Newton and the white ex-police chief, Dennis Reno.
The Alabama Democratic Party demanded that Bryant resign, per AL.com