Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, recently made a Facebook post calling for LGBTQ people to be killed. After outrage about the post surfaced, Chambers tried to deny he made the post, but screenshots made the post impossible to deny and he admitted to posting the hate speech.
Chambers graphic post read, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.” Chambers has since removed the posts, but screenshots made the post viral.
A Facebook friend of Chambers then commented, “By giving the minority more rights than the majority. I hate to think of the country my grandkids will live in unless somehow we change and I think that will take a revolution.” Chambers responded to his friends comment by posting, “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
When Chambers was first confronted about the post he attempted to make people believe that the post had been made on another individual’s page. When that didn’t work out for him, he then tried to get people to believe that the post was meant to be a private message between him and the friend who commented.
When asked about the post by a local media outlet Chambers said, “I never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that.” When the post was read back to him he got angry and replied, “That’s in a revolution. That’s right! If it comes to a revolution in this country both sides of these people will be killed out.”
During the same conversation, Chambers called immigrants “ungrateful” and stated that the United States is in a “civil war.”
Both Facebook and Twitter were quickly filled with outrage directed at Chambers.
“Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers recently endorsed and defended his own social media posts in which he called for LGBTQ people to be killed. This is horrifying, unconscionable and unacceptable. LGBTQ people face disproportionate levels of violence and harassment in their daily lives — a fact that is especially true in Alabama, where there are no statewide LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination or hate crimes laws.
We can and should expect our elected officials to represent all of us, or at the bare minimum, to protect us. Despite his subsequent apology, this is wholly inappropriate behavior, and Mayor Chambers must be held to account,” the Alabama Human Rights Council shared on Facebook.
Once his constituents were calling for him to step down Chambers attempted to apologize for his statements, but he tried once again to deny what he said by stating his words were “taken out of context.”
“I would like to make a public apology to my community, I and I alone am responsible for the comment that was made. It is not a reflection of the Carbon Hill City Council, or any City Personnel or Citizens, Although I believe my comment was taken out of context and was not targeting the LGBTQ community, I know that it was wrong to say anyone should be kill. I am truly sorry that I have embarrassed our City, I love this City and while in office I have done everything in my power to make this a better place for our families. There are not enough words for me to express how much a regret posting that comment. I hope very much our Citizens and anyone that was hurt by this comment can accept my apology.”
Chambers has been mayor of Carbon Hill, a northern Alabama town of fewer than 2,000 people, since 2014.