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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – The Georgetown department of the NAACP once more referred to as for the resignation of Pawleys Island Mayor Brian Henry on Monday.
The group, together with members of the group and different organizations, held a protest at Pawleys Island City Corridor with a renewed push for Mayor Henry to step down over what they are saying was a racist publish on Fb.
It referred to the Black Lives Matter motion as a terror group and commented on the latest deadly capturing of people in Andrews.
Henry is the proprietor of the outstanding Palmetto Cheese model, which additionally got here beneath fireplace following his social media publish as a result of it contains the face of a Black girl on the product’s packaging.
Many claimed the girl shouldn’t be behind the Palmetto Cheese recipe.
Earlier this month, Mayor Henry held a press convention the place he apologized for the racially insensitive feedback and introduced a right away rebranding of the Palmetto Cheese model.
“I’m profoundly sorry for many who are offended by my publish final week. My feedback have been hurtful and insensitive,” he mentioned. “I’ve met and prayed with the religion leaders of the black group, working to search out optimistic methods to maneuver ahead. I’m grateful for the grace and forgiveness that they’ve prolonged to me.”
The corporate will likely be making a basis to honor the reminiscence of Vertrella Brown.
“We will likely be making a basis honoring the reminiscence of our pricey buddy Vertrella Brown. The inspiration’s aim is to enhance race relations by way of group occasions and offering scholarship alternatives for younger individuals in the neighborhood.”
Henry mentioned whereas the recipe for Palmetto Cheese has at all times been the recipe his spouse created, and Vertrella Brown’s face is used on the Palmetto Cheese packaging.
“We now have already initiated a product re-branding effort to be extra delicate to cultural range,” he mentioned.
However for the Georgetown department of the NAACP and others in the neighborhood, the apology didn’t minimize it.
President of the group, Marvin Neal, mentioned Henry has proven his true colours.
“I got here to the conclusion that to be racist and to make racist feedback makes you a racist particular person, in order that query of whether or not he’s a racist or not…Mayor Brian Henry is a racist and I don’t need him to take a look at it another means,” mentioned Neal.
Mayor Henry mentioned he presumably would launch a press release later Monday night.