Calls continue for Pawleys Island mayor to resign over racially insensitive Facebook post

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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – The Georgetown branch of the NAACP continues to call for the resignation of Pawleys Island Mayor Brian Henry.

A protest will take place Monday afternoon at Pawleys Island Town Hall.

It comes after they say he made racist comments in a Facebook post and referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a terror organization. When speaking about a man who is charged with shooting and killing two people after a traffic accident in Georgetown, Henry posted, “2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man.  Tell me, where is the outrage? When and where will we begin rioting and burning down businesses in Georgetown.”

He went on to write, “Why do we stand by an allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis? Should they have a carte blanche license to pillage and destroy? This has gone on too far. Rise up America.”

Mayor Henry also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a terror organization. “This BLM and Antifa movement must be (treated) like the terror organizations that they are,” he wrote.

NAACP leaders said it was an important time to create unity among the community but, instead, Henry chose to do something different. The said leadership calls for “outrage” over the killing of people differently depending on their race.

Henry is the owner of the prominent Palmetto Cheese brand, which also came under fire following his social media post because it includes the face of a Black woman on the product’s packaging.

Many claimed the woman is not behind the Palmetto Cheese recipe.

Earlier this month, Mayor Henry held a press conference where he apologized for the racially insensitive comments and announced an immediate rebranding of the Palmetto Cheese brand.

“I am profoundly sorry for those who are offended by my post last week. My comments were hurtful and insensitive,” he said. “I have met and prayed with the faith leaders of the black community, working to find positive ways to move forward. I am grateful for the grace and forgiveness that they have extended to me.”

The company will be creating a foundation to honor the memory of Vertrella Brown.

“We will be creating a foundation honoring the memory of our dear friend Vertrella Brown. The foundation’s goal is to improve race relations through community events and providing scholarship opportunities for young people in the community.”

Henry said while the recipe for Palmetto Cheese has always been the recipe his wife created, and Vertrella Brown’s face is used on the Palmetto Cheese packaging. “We have already initiated a product re-branding effort to be more sensitive to cultural diversity,” he said.

Monday’s protest will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Pawleys Island Town Hall. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing.

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