Georgia city council asks mayor to resign over rant, saying ‘privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance’
The city council of Bloomingdale, Georgia, has asked the mayor to immediately resign over his comments on Facebook ripping those he believes possess “privilege,” including those who wear “$300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance” and those who wear “$200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.”
Mayor Ben Rozier’s now-deleted post in the Gossip Bloomingdale GA Facebook group from Tuesday night appeared to be a response to the term “white privilege,” WJCL-TV reported.
Here’s what Rozier wrote:
“What is privilege?….
“Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.”
“Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.”
“Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for.”
“Privilege is living in subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.”
“Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.”
“Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and [to] be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.”
“Privilege is sending your kids to school early for the before-school programs and breakfast, and then keeping them there for the after-school program…paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! …you know, us so-called ‘PRIVILEGED’ the ones who pay while you TAKE TAKE TAKE!”
Bloomingdale mayor’s controversial rant about “privilege” forces city council to respond
On Wednesday, the Bloomingdale city council issued a statement to WJCL which included the following:
“The Bloomingdale City Council and Administration is aware of the Facebook post made by Mayor Ben Rozier on Tuesday June 16, 2020 and its reaction by the general public.”
“The Bloomingdale City Council wishes to state collectively that this action taken by Mayor Rozier is his action and his action alone. We in no way condone or endorse any single or collective posts made by the Mayor.”