BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. (WSAV) – Bloomingdale Mayor Ben Rozier is under fire for Facebook posts he apparently shared in multiple Facebook groups on Tuesday.
“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…all at no cost to you….paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS!” the post states, in part.
Multiple viewers reached out to News 3 about the post, as well as a photo from 2012, also shared on the mayor’s personal Facebook page.
“This community is full of people like that who are just waiting for an opportunity to say something ridiculous,” said Bloomingdale resident Hannah Minter of the posts, which she says are directed at the African American community.
“It makes me feel completely powerless,” said Destin Winter, another critic, and Bloomingdale resident. “It makes me feel like all of the work that we’ve been doing to move forward as a county is being held back in smaller towns.”
Winter says she is organizing a protest through Bloomingdale on Saturday. Originally, the protest was organized to support Black Lives Matter. After the controversial Facebook posts, she says protesters will also speak out against the mayor.
“His time is kinda up here. We don’t have space for people with his ideals anymore and we don’t need someone like him running our government,” said Winter.
The photo shows a sticker or piece of paper with the “no symbol” over former President Barack Obama’s campaign logo and the words “Don’t Re-n—!”
The city on Wednesday released a statement about the mayor’s posts:
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.
The City of Bloomingdale is a Municipal Corporation that is charged with the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. This includes all citizens regardless of race, gender, color or creed. The Bloomingdale City Council will always strive to live up to this mandate and will always endeavor to be a governing body of service, inclusion, and promote a cohesive community.
Bloomingdale City Council on Thursday called for Rozier to resign. He tells News 3 he plans to do so on Friday.