- Jan 12, 2008
Mayor suggests "lynching" to support ethanol plant
Selma Mayor Charles Hester thinks opponents to a new ethanol plant should be "lynched." Charles remarks were caught on video, which you can see above. You can also see it on local news stations WRAL, ABC 11 and NBC 17. Charles apologized for what he calls "his short remark" after lots of people reacted at the meeting calling the remark "insulting," "inappropriate" and "racist." Now, some are even calling for the Mayor's resignation.
Charles said "maybe one day we'll have a lynching, and we won't have to worry about that anymore" at the opening of a public hearing on the re-zoning land to built an ethanol plant. He probably didn't get too many people on his side by suggesting the lynching and admits to reporters that, "I felt right stupid when I said it."
There is a follow-up meeting on the re-zoning of the land for the ethanol plant February 12th. Charles says he will apologize at that meeting too.
[Source: YouTube, WRAL, ABC 11, NBC 17]