An mayor in Alabama resigned after making disparaging comments about the University of Alabama’s football team Crimson Tide for his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers presented a resignation letter on Saturday to the city clerk in which he stated: “I left the office of the mayor in office on June 27 at 4:30 pm,” Attorney General Steven Thomas said to NBC News Tuesday.
Carbon Hill is a city of less than 2,000 people, most of them white, according to the most recent census data. The city is located approximately 60 miles north-west of Birmingham.
Chambers said in a Facebook post, “I have put several pictures of Alabama up for sale,”
After one person commented on this post, “I think you may be right, they haven’t been that good in the past two years,” Chambers replied that he wouldn’t get rid of the photos due to the team’s performance, the newspaper reported. “Their excuse to … political views is why they leave my house,” he wrote.
Chambers added: “When you put Black lives before all lives, they can kiss my …
The post seemed to be in response to two minutes video the team released Thursday with the players and Saban reading an essay from the offensive linesman Crimson Tide Alex Leatherwood, which ended with the words: “All lives don’t count as long as black lives count.”
“At this moment in history, we cannot be silent,” read the Tweet who accompanied the video.
Chambers could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday. Reached Saturday with an SMS from the Daily Mountain Eagle, he declined to comment, saying to the newspaper: “Make up while you go, Ed, you’ve done a good job so far.” He also asked not to be contacted anymore.
Chambers apologized last June for a Facebook post suggesting that homosexuals, abortion advocates and others should be killed.
Greg Anderson has been appointed pro temp mayor of the city. The Carbon Hill city council will meet on Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the appointment of a new mayor in office for the remainder of the term, which ends in November, said the prosecutor.