Target: Liberty County Commissioner Dexter Barber
Goal: Force resignation of county commissioner who was recorded calling black people the n-word.
Prison guards were giving preferential treatment to “n*****s” who they allowed to see their jailed family members before others who had been there longer, according to recorded comments from white Florida’s Liberty County Commissioner Dexter Barber. This racist language cannot be tolerated on the part of anyone, but especially not on the part of a government official. Demand that this man resign from his post at once.
Barber’s brother was arrested last April and has been spending his time awaiting trial in a Lincoln County jail. During a recent visit to his brother, Barber says that the jail’s administrators let several black people visit their jailed relatives before him even though he had been waiting longer. This, apparently, made Barber very angry.
In a phone call he made to his brother after this visit, Barber complained about this apparent grave injustice. “What’s so bad they’ve run everybody out but them,” Barber was recorded telling his brother. “Last week they run everybody out but one, then let two n*****s walk in there and sit right in front of us. That was kind of a slap in the face.”
As with all jail phone calls, Barber’s conversation was recorded and reviewed, and his apparent racist comments were reported by the sheriff’s office to both the county commission and the Florida Commission on Ethics. He has refused to step down, however, saying that he “already apologized” and that there’s nothing more he can do.
That is, of course, completely untrue—he can resign. Sign the petition below to demand that Barber step down from his position on the Liberty County Board of Commissioners at once.
Dear Commissioner Barber,
I am writing you today regarding the comments you were recorded making in which you can be heard apparently calling black people “n*****s.” This is absolutely unacceptable and you need to resign from your post as Liberty County Commissioner immediately.
Despite what you seem to think, a “solemn apology” is not enough for these recorded remarks to be forgiven and forgotten. Calling African Americans the n-word betrays a profound personal racism. That is not something that people should be expected to let pass, regardless of how sorry the person who said it is. A person’s racist views don’t just go away with an apology.
That being said, now that your true colors seem to have been revealed, it is abundantly clear that you are not fit to serve Liberty County in an objective, unbiased manner. I demand that you step down from your position with the Liberty County Commission at once. Your constituents deserve nothing less.
[Your Name Here]
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