Schertz councilman's post dissing BLM sparks outrage

A Facebook post shared by a Schertz city councilman has some people very upset.

SAN ANTONIO - A Facebook post shared by a Schertz city councilman has some people very upset.

Now some say, he's gotta go.

The photo shared on Facebook by Schertz City Councilman Robin Thompson shows an empty trailer, and reads "A photo of all the supplies donated to Hurricane Harvey relief by Antifa and Black Lives Matter".

Schertz resident, Clare Layton, voiced her concerns to city council Tuesday night.

"What he did was foster a lie that was offensive, it was incorrect, it was irresponsible and it was demeaning. It embarrassed the council," Layton said.

Diana Taylor and Grumpy Azzoz also addressed city leaders.

"We don't need to create hate in our community," Azzoz said.

"I'm very much offended because of this that was posted about black lives," Taylor said.

After public comment, Councilman Thompson was given the chance to speak.

"The post that I shared was not meant in any form or manner to be racist," he said in the city council meeting. "Tonight marks the fourth time in my life that I have been called 'racist'...Forgive the language I'm going to use, but it was exactly what was said to me. 'We're firing you because you're encouraging n****** to drink our water and use our bathrooms'."

Taylor believes the councilman's response made the situation worse, and she wants him to resign.

"I was so offended, I got up and I walked out the door. I slammed the door. I was hurt and I'm still hurt. Racism is something we should not practice," Taylor said. "I would like to see Robin Thompson resign immediately and I would like to see the support of all the city councilmen."

Schertz Mayor, Michael Carpenter, said in a statement, "The post itself was not appropriate and it is not condoned by the City nor it's leadership."

He said additionally, "The City of Schertz and its leadership does not condone that sort of language in any manner and he hopes the councilman quickly offers a full and sincere apology. On behalf of the city council and the City of Schertz, I apologize to all he offended."

Thompson also provided a statement to KENS 5.

He said, "I deeply and sincerely apologize for all the embarrassment, hurt and confusion that I have caused to the Schertz City Council, its staff and employees, and especially to all the residents of Schertz through my lapse of judgement in the sharing of an inappropriate Facebook post, and the offensive word I used, even in the context of a quote directed towards me, in trying to explain my mistake last Tuesday night. These mistakes do not reflect who I am in my inner being, and from this point on, you may be assured that I will focus all my efforts to be the leader you expected me to be when you elected me into office."

Tuesday, the council will address the issue in a private executive session.

"Right now what I'm hearing is there should be no consequences, let's just accept an apology. I don't know many people who can go before a judge after robbing a bank and say, 'I'm sorry.' and the judge says, 'Hey! Ok, apology accepted. Bye!' There are consequences," said Councilwoman, Dr. Angelina Kiser, in front of city coucil Tuesday.

Thompson is running for re-election this November.

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