Alabama Mayor Resigns Over Controversial Facebook Reaction
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
(Carbon Hill, Ala.) - Mark Chambers, mayor of Carbon Hill Alabama since 2014, submitted his resignation letter on Saturday. His decision comes after public outrage over social media comments condemning Nick Saban and the Alabama football program’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the controversial Facebook post, Chambers stated, "I got several Alabama pictures for sale. Nick Sabin (sic) and the Crimson Tide is done in my opinion. I'll post them tomorrow. Their sorry as* political views is why their (sic) getting out of my house," wrote Chambers. "(W)hen you put Black lives before all lives they can kiss my as*.”
Chambers’ comments were in response to the University of Alabama football team posting a two minute video reciting an essay by offensive linebacker Alex Leatherwood. The essay concludes with the statement, “All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.”
Chambers’ concise resignation letter stated, "I quit the job of mayor effective June 27 at 4:30 p.m."
Sherry Garner, city clerk for the city of about 2,000 residents, announced a special called meeting of the city council on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. to address the resignation. The council is soon expected to appoint a new mayor to fill the remainder of Chambers’s term, which ends in November.
This is not Chambers’ first run-in in social media scandal. Last year, he suggested “killing out” homesexuals, socialists and “baby killers”. He later apologized for the statements.