City manager in Lorena, Texas, apologizes for anti-gay, racist remarks on Facebook

Billy Clemons

I was on vacation last week and out of touch with Internet news for most of that time, so I missed it when the uproar started over comments that Billy Clemons, city manager for the city of Lorena just outside Waco, made on Facebook.

According to the text of a story published in the Waco Tribune-Herald (subscription required) and emailed to me, Clemons made several Facebook posts that angered some folks, such as “If you think homosexuality is normal, you just might be a Democrat.”

In another example, while discussing television coverage of assaults that occurred recently at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, Clemons wrote, “The perpetrators are black and all the victims are white. If this were reversed, would the media have any doubt as to whether it was racially motivated?”

The comments were made public last week by KWTX-TV, which posted this brief story online on Tuesday, Aug. 15, quoting Clemons as saying there is no policy against him posting whatever he wants on his Facebook page, that he was “just talking about my ideology, my politics with the people with whom I’m friends,” and that anybody who didn’t like it could just “get over it because that’s my First Amendment right.”

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