Carbon Hill, Ala., is a town of only about 2,000 people roughly 60 miles northwest of Birmingham. The mayor of that tiny town is Mark Chambers – and he has some opinions on the best way to deal with people who are not white Republican conservatives.
Chambers posted an (all caps, classy) post on his personal Facebook page last week that was critical of gay people, transgender people, abortion rights advocates, and socialists. Fine, that’s his right. Here it is below. It has since been deleted and Chambers’ profile is private.
“WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE HOMOSEXUALS LECTURE US ON MORALS, TRANSVESTITES LECTURE US ON HUMAN BIOLOGY, BABY KILLERS LECTURE US ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIALISTS LECTURE US ON ECONOMICS.”
But then a Facebook friend of his commented that a “revolution” was needed for change and that’s when the trouble for Chambers started.
Chambers replied that “without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
That exchange and Chambers’ homophobic and misogynistic sentiments went viral and there has been serious backlash, including accusations that Chambers was inciting violence. Obviously. He did say killing people who didn’t agree with his viewpoint was the only option.
Instead of just apologizing, Chambers went on to defend his comments in a series of bizarre turns.
First, Chambers said he thought the response was a private message. Okay, not an apology, but got it. After that, he released a lengthy apology expressing “regret” for his comment and that it was taken out of context – again, because it should have been a private message.
Chambers continued to dig himself into the hole he was already in.
Chambers went on to tell local news station WBRC that he “never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that.” He said his comment was specifically referring to what would happen “in a revolution.”
“If it comes to a revolution in this country, a war in this country, both sides of these people will be killed out,” he said.
Twitter users are calling for Chambers to resign.
Bull Connor: I’m the worst person ever from Alabama!
George Wallace: Hold my beer
Roy Moore: Hold my beer
Kay Ivey: Hold my beer
Mark Chambers: Hold my beer
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) June 4, 2019
Why hasn’t Carbon Hill, AL mayor Mark Chambers resigned yet? https://t.co/Gee6xMgKQH
— Joel Mendelson (@JPMendelson) June 4, 2019
100 percent of Carbon Hill residents speak English and the median household income is $31,000. It is 83 percent white and nine percent, Black.