Lumpkin mayor and council members give standing ovation after NAACP speech
Councilwoman Deborah Stone was absent from the meeting
LUMPKIN, Ga. -
The Stewart County NAACP president addressed the Lumpkin city council Monday night, in hopes of coming face-to-face with the woman who is accused of using racial slurs in reference to the mayor.
Councilwoman Deborah Stone never showed up at the meeting, however, and has refused to respond to allegations that she referred to Mayor Charles Gibson as the "n-word" last month in a conversation with Lumpkin's new fire chief.
The NAACP drafted a letter to Stone calling for her resignation. The day after they sent it, it was returned with the words, "Will Not Accept" across the envelope. Local NAACP president Rev. Alfonza Seldon says he is disappointed Stone continues to avoid the community.
"If this were something she did not say, she would certainly want to come and clear her name, or the facts," says Seldon. "Make the facts known."
At the end of Seldon's address to council, again calling for Stone's resignation, the mayor and council members gave a standing ovation.
As an elected official, however, it is up to the people of Lumpkin to take action.