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Calls grow for councilman's resignation, city's accountability

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a man sitting at a table using a laptop: Dale Black, Mauldin City Councilman © Mauldin City Councilman Dale Black faced backlash for a social media post (2020). Dale Black, Mauldin City Councilman

Dozens of pastors, community activists and other people from Mauldin continue to call for the resignation of a Mauldin City Council member.

The group Concerned Citizens of Mauldin met on the lawn in front of City Hall on Tuesday demanding that Dale Black resign and the city be held more accountable. The calls for Black's resignation come after he made a social media post that some consider racist.

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Black's post compared the Confederate flag to the Black Lives Matter movement, Black History Month, the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund.

By 6 p.m., the crowd of protesters was growing and getting vocal (see video below.)

"Dale Black and all elected officials need to be held accountable for the words and images they espouse and project," the Rev. Curtis Johnson, of Valleybrook Outreach Baptist Church, said. "Words matter, and in the midst of such a racially sensitive time in this country, words from elected officials especially matter.”

Black has removed the post but said he would not resign in a statement released to WYFF News 4:

“I have lived in Mauldin for 48 years. My fellow citizens elected me and have re-elected me to serve on City council 6 times. I have served the City and its citizens for 6 terms. During my career and my years serving on City council, I have done so without prejudice against anyone based on their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or age. I believe that each person should be judged on their own merits without bias or prejudice. I, for example, supported the selection of the current City Administrator who is Black, not because of his race, but because he was the best candidate for the job.

“Recently, I received a Facebook message concerning the controversy involving historic monuments which I re-posted on my Facebook account. Unfortunately, I did not realize at that time that this posting would upset members of our community and suggest that I am a racist. I regret this and now understand why this was offensive. Throughout life we all make mistakes and learn from them. As a public leader, I pledge that this will never happen again."

“I have met with leaders from our Black community and listened carefully and respectfully to their concerns and their request that I resign as a member of Council. I have reflected about their concerns and searched my heart to decide what I should do. I have concluded that I can serve the entire Mauldin community without prejudice or bias against anyone. Therefore, I will not resign from City Council. In the future, I pledge to reach out to our minority community and seek input from its leaders. It is my desire to serve all of the Mauldin community fairly and without prejudice.”

The Concerned Citizens of Mauldin put forth a list of demands of both the councilman and the city of Mauldin:

  • Resignation
  • Mayor and council publicly censure Dale Black
  • Removal of the councilman from the Recreation committee
  • Formation of a commission to study racial culture of the city and offer recommendations that can create health community racial education and dialogue opportunities
  • Introduce racial sensitivity training to city council and city administration
  • Encourage minority entrepreneurship and pursue minority business contract opportunities
  • Increase racial diversity in city hiring practices
  • Collaboration with Mauldin Police Department to form citizens review board

WYFF News 4 has asked Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt for comment on the demands but has not heard back yet.


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