Tennessee Black Caucus: GOP lawmaker should be removed from her position for racist Facebook post

In this Jan. 10, 2012, file photo, Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, lower right, listens as Gov. Bill Haslam, center, talks about his legislative agenda on the opening day of the second session of the 107th General Assembly in Nashville.
photo In this Jan. 10, 2012, file photo, Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, lower right, listens as Gov. Bill Haslam, center, talks about his legislative agenda on the opening day of the second session of the 107th General Assembly in Nashville.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday called on Republican Rep. Sheila Butt to apologize for what they said was a racist Facebook post, and said she should be removed from her leadership position.

In a speech on the House floor, Butt defended her comments, saying the First Amendment allows people to speak their minds. GOP leaders later indicated their support for her.

Butt's post said, "It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country."

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