Target: Loudon City Councilman Johnny James
Goal: Force resignation of elected official allegedly caught on audio recording calling an African American the n-word.
Reportedly calling a black man racial slurs and threatening to beat him to death has landed Loudon City, Tennessee City Councilman Johnny James in hot water. Amazingly though, he is refusing to step down from office. Demand that James resign from his position with the city immediately for his disgustingly racist threats.
This controversy began when recordings from a recent 911 call James made to the police department were made public. James operates a local towing company in Loudon City, and according to reports, grew frustrated when an African American customer was unable to pay him. Tension escalated until the two got into a physical confrontation, at which point James called the police department.
James can be heard calling the 911 dispatcher “sweetheart” before informing her of the situation. “If you don’t get 941 down here on Bright Road you’re going to have one deceased black n****r down here,” the recording says. When she asked James if he had any weapons on him, he can be heard replying with “No, I don’t need a weapon to beat him to death with.”
Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the confrontation, but the fallout from the incident has been predictable. James told reporters that “He kept agitating me, getting on my truck, agitating me, and he took me to the limit,” and went on to tell the media that he is not bigoted and has many black friends. If the people of Loudon City had an issue with his behavior, James explained, they could vote him out of office during the next election.
Public officials need to be held accountable for their actions just like everyone else. James’ remarks, especially when considered within the violent context in which they were said, are flatly beyond acceptability and should disqualify him from public service. Sign the petition below to demand that James resign from office as a city councilman at once for his racist attitudes.
Dear Councilman James,
I am writing you today regarding the firestorm that has erupted over your recent 911 call in which you call a black man the n-word and threaten to beat him to death. You need to hold yourself accountable for this disgusting outburst.
There is no excuse for racism. Being “agitated” is not one, and neither is being “pushed to the limit.” Indeed, many would argue that when forced into those kinds of high pressure situations, people show their true nature. If that’s the case, there can be little doubt about yours.
The people of Loudon City deserve someone better than an apparent racist who can’t see the issue with his attitudes to represent them and their interests. I demand that you resign from office as soon as possible.
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