Commissioners call for investigation into alleged racist posts by Mac Butner

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Rowan County Commissioners voted Monday night to authorize the county manager and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to begin an investigation into alleged racist posts on social media by Rowan Housing Authority board member Mac Butner.

The call for the investigation came after the NAACP demanded that Butner resign over comments he made on his Facebook page. They are accusing him of racism, and want him removed from his job.

The uproar involves comments on Rowan County Housing Authority Chairman Malcolm "Mac" Butner's Facebook page surrounding the Moral Monday protests.

Tuesday afternoon, the NAACP called for Butner's resignation, saying the comments "were deplorable and discriminative."

On Monday night during the public comment period, local NAACP President Scott Teamer again implored commissioners to take action against Butner.

At the end of the meeting after a closed session to deal with a personnel issue, Commission Chad Mitchell made the motion to begin the investigation, saying that the results of that investigation should be available no later than August 4.

Before the vote was taken Commissioner Craig Pierce spoke out about the posts.

"We do not agree with the statements, and we want the public to know we in no way, shape or form condone those statements," Pierce said.

WBTV called Butner's cell numerous times, and even knocked on his door, but got no response.

Butner didn't respond to our requests, but did admit to making the comments to the Salisbury Post last week.

He also told them that he had no intention of resigning, saying he wasn't guilty of anything.

"I was going to resign because you can't fight HUD and you can't fight the press. I was going to resign because I didn't want to put commissioners or the housing authority through this as a distraction from their responsibilities and their work," Butner told the Salisbury Post, "I've talked to a lot of people since then, and I'm not going to resign because I'm not guilty of anything."

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