Commissioner under fire after posting racist comment on Facebook - CBS46 News

Commissioner under fire after posting racist comment on Facebook

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NEWTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A Georgia commissioner apologized for a racist and sexist comment he posted to Facebook.

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas, also a war veteran, said he saw red when he saw a picture of a woman disrespecting the American flag by rubbing it on her backside, followed by the hashtag #notmyflag.

The commissioner responded with the following Facebook post:

"She is just a cheap, street walker knee grow who lays down for white men."

“I wore the uniform for many years and it just hit me the wrong way,” said Commissioner Douglas in a phone interview Friday.

Newton County residents said the social media comment is unacceptable. Newton County is about 35 miles southeast of Atlanta. 

“Not a comment any commissioner should make, that’s ridiculous,” said one neighbor.

The Newton County Democratic Party agreed and is calling for the commissioner to resign.

“For him to immediately pivot from that and talk about her sex and her race…you don’t do that, that’s not acceptable,” said Sarah Todd, chair of the Newton Democratic Party.

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