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Charlotte Councilwoman Questions 9/11, Blames Backlash on Racism

Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield questioned the 9/11 attacks on Facebook this week. After outrage hit back at her comments, she accused her critics of using "racial overtones."

By NTK Staff | 04.19.2018 @5:00pm
Charlotte Councilwoman Questions 9/11, Blames Backlash on Racism

Charlotte, North Carolina City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield has had quite a week. The Democrat first seemingly questioned whether the 9/11 attacks ever occurred on her Facebook page. When a backlash to her comments erupted, she accused her critics of “racial overtones,” according to The Charlotte Observer.

In an April 16 Facebook post, the Democrat implied that the government has never produced evidence that planes crashed into the World Trade Center. The Charlotte Observer reported that Mayfield said the federal government used an “alleged plane” to take away Americans’ rights:

In the post, Mayfield wrote that she’s waiting for someone to produce pieces of the “alleged plane that opened the doors for US citizens to (lose) all privacy rights.” Mayfield told WFAE-FM in Charlotte that she thought the attacks were used “to not only create a way through government to spy on the American people, but also to privatize a lot of the work that is happening on the ground.”

An obvious backlash hit Mayfield after her posted comments, with calls for her resignation swirling around Charlotte. A petition calling for her resignation garnered “more than 700 signatures,” according to the Observer.

In response to the backlash, the Democrat refused to resign. She sent a letter to her constituents, saying she “mourn[s]” the victims of 9/11 but questions the government’s motives and actions.

Responding to critics, she accused them of racism and cited thought leader James Baldwin:

“Personally, I am TIRED as an American, I am Tired as a Black American…I did NOT say I would stop having my own opinions or stop being BLACK nor will I forget as James E Baldwin once said that ‘To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage,'” said the letter, as reported by TV station WSOC.

Mayfield says the critics who responded from around the nation to her post resorted to “name-calling, instant disenfranchisement and even some racial overtones of disgust,” reported WSOC.

The response may only embolden critics and increase calls for her resignation.

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