Georgia Mayor Goes On Racist Rant After County Stops Black Voters Matter From Helping Elderly Vote

LOUISVILLE, GEORGIA — The mayor of a Georgia town in the same county where administrators blocked Black Voters Matter from bringing elderly black voters to the polls said on Facebook Wednesday that the group’s work is “utterly reprehensible.” Think Progress reports.

Barstow, Georgia Mayor Robert Morris, whose Facebook includes a number of racist posts, shared a status on Facebook two days after the county decided to prevent Black Voters Matter from bringing seniors to the polls.

“It is utterly reprehensible that your group maintains that all black voters should vote for a black candidate just because they are the same color as you,” he wrote.

“A man named Jim Jones once ran an organization like that. Better check that Koolaid you are serving up.”

That post, along with all the other content from Morris’ Facebook page, had been deleted by midday Thursday.

Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown responded to the comment on the group’s Facebook page without knowing Morris’ role in Jefferson County.

Morris is the mayor of Bartow, a small town of just 286 people located 10 miles south of Louisville, where Black Voters Matter organized an event at a county-run senior center.

Jefferson County is roughly 53 percent black, according to Census data. A historical plaque marking where a slave market once operated stands just down the street from the senior center.

Cliff Albright, Black Voters Matter’s other co-founder, told ThinkProgress that Morris’ views are shared by an alarming number of people.

“It is really a reflection of how as soon as we say ‘Black voters matter,’ all people like that hear is we only want to vote for black people because they’re black versus because of what the issues are,” Albright said.

On his Facebook page, Morris also shared racist and Islamophobic memes, including one on Wednesday asking: “If a fox came to your home, would you put him in your chicken coop hoping he would integrate? Didn’t think so. Stop the invasion of Islam into the free world.”

He also shared on Wednesday Jefferson County’s official statement about Black Voters Matter’s activity at the senior center.

Morris did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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