Griffin Georgia site of a intense exchange between Larry Johnson a former Member of the Board and Rodney McCord

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A former elected official in Griffin Georgia was said to have used the word Niger multiple times in front of Georgia City Board of Commissioners. The story was rather off-putting, while talking to McCord from the podium Johnson says I told you at that time that there were white folks, and there were black folks when I was growing up. There was white trash, my family, and there was Niger town, I live next to Niger town. They asked him you live next to what town? Johnson replied Niger Town son, I’m telling you son, now that changed I’m no longer white trash.

When McCord expressed his dismay he was silenced by the board’s chairman Douglas Hollberg . Mr. McCord please let him get to the point so we can move on.

Which McCord with a raised tone said

He can get to his point, but I’m not going to sit here, maybe y’all are comfortable with it, I don’t know. I’m not going to sit here and let this man use that type of language, and if nobody else is offended, then I am. Maybe y’all are comfortable with it, now if y’all want to clap and think that that’s okay for this gentleman to stand, in 2018, and get here at the board of City commission meeting, 2018, the Civil War is Over and he is using Niger not once not twice but three times and he continues to say it with not one word about who it offends.

Only at that point did Hollberg Ask Johnson to refrain from using the racial slur. Johnson went on to talk about Civil Wars things Confederate flag his Scottish Heritage he commented my skin is white my neck is red I was born in southern bed. Nothing wrong with that I hope that doesn’t offend anyone.

He left the argument and said that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery.

Responded to the horrible use of the word Niger the next person to speak said the lack of respect she had just witnessed does not represent the city she made her home just a year ago. So she proposed that a list of words that can and cannot be used at the commission meeting be drafted. Bonnie Moret said that if I stood up here and used a four letter word that began with an f and ended with a K everyone would be offended so I think there should be decorum from everyone just respect other people thank you.

The board soon declare April as Confederate history month and April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day for the city, and 1861 georgia-georgia succeeded from the union and join the Confederacy which the Declaration described as a fight for the states rights, individual Freedom, local government control. Georgia became the last Confederate State to be readmitted to the Union in 1877 years after the Civil War ended.

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