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Home address: 650 NE 12th Ave. Carbon Hill, AL 35549.
Earlier this month, Carbon Hill, Alabama mayor Mark Chambers made national headlines by posting inflammatory, incendiary Facebook posts on his personal account. He advocated for an outright genocide against, in his own words, homosexuals, transvestites, “baby killers,” and socialists. These comments of extreme bigotry, violence, and outright murder by Mark Chambers come amid a slew of similar statements made by other old, white conservatives and far right white supremacists in positions of power in Alabama.
Goodloe Sutton, a newspaper editor in Alabama, called for the return of the KKK and the lynching of Democrats. Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson posted on Mobile County Republican Party Facebook page that, “Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy,” regarding a National Review article. Alabama congressman, white supremacist, and anti-Semite Mo Brooks voted against an anti-racist measure because it protected Jews, people of color and LGBT+ individuals but not “Caucasians” or Christians. By now, everyone already knows about all-around racist, homophobe, and bigot Roy Moore who made national headlines for sexual abuse against a 14-year-old. The latest outburst by Mark Chambers shows the deep and ongoing racism and bigotry against vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed people here in Alabama.
Advocate for Genocide
Mark Chambers first made a Facebook post (he has since deactivated his account) in early June saying, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.” Someone responded to the post with a misplaced sense of victimization and called for a revolution, to which Chambers replied, “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
When news of the controversy got out, Chambers initially denied making the comments but later changed his story, saying that the post was taken out of context because it was supposed to be a private message and not a public comment. One wonders in what context one would be justified in advocating genocide against innocent people. He then tried to justify his statement on genocide by saying he was responding to the comment on revolution, and that in one, “these people would be killed out.” Later, he made an official apology. This came after much condemnation and his words merely rang hollow, a pathetic attempt to save face while crying crocodile tears because his violent rhetoric caught up with him.
A large number of people, both in office and general residents, have called for Chambers to resign. This includes a person who was shot in the head and survived in a 1979 murder attempt from klansmen. Chambers has stated that he didn’t plan on resigning and that the Carbon Hill community largely supported him. And to demonstrate what a massive coward he is after being found out, in a council meeting after people demanded answers from him, he walked out.
There’s a petition going on sponsored by Hometown Action and Equality Alabama to get him to resign.
Danger to the Community
In light of shootings and violence committed by fascists and other white supremacists this year, people ought to take Chambers’ comments seriously. It’s even more concerning in light of his justifications for the comments because he plainly said that he thought he was posting a private message that wasn’t supposed to be visible by the public. That is to say, he was sharing a private and deeply held belief that LGBT+ people, abortion activists, and socialists should be killed outright. To reiterate, a mayor said this, someone with an important seat of power. It’s abundantly clear that his targets aren’t safe in this community. We’re releasing Chambers’ doxx in proactive self-defense to let the public know where a possible threat exists.
Mark Chambers lives at 650 NE 12th Ave. Carbon Hill, AL 35549.