PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) – The Georgetown branch of the NAACP held a protest rally at the Pawleys Island Town Hall on Monday.
The NAACP said the rally was held in light of the failure of Mayor Brian Henry to resign following a controversial post on social media.
Henry commented on a recent Georgetown shooting where three people were shot and two of them were killed. A Moncks Corner man is now facing charges related to the incident.
In the now-deleted Facebook post Henry said that because it was a black man accused of shooting white people, there was no outrage.
Members of the Georgetown County branch of the NAACP didn’t hold back and called Henry a racist while calling on him to resign.
“When the mayor makes hateful statements and refuses to leave office, then he represents the president of the United States and those statements that he made replicate what’s going on in the United States of America today. We have a problem," one member told the crowd.
Henry did hold a press briefing earlier this month, where he apologized for the Facebook post.
“My comments were hurtful and insensitive,” Henry said.
But the NAACP said an apology is not enough.
“You are a representation of this community, and I can honestly say that I am sure the people of this great community do not want such poor representation," said one member.
Henry said that he has made attempts to sit down with members of the NAACP, but he said they have not agreed to a meeting.