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Rowan Housing Authority chairman under fire

Posted July 10

— The chairman of the Rowan County Housing Authority is under investigation for racially tinged online comments.

As first reported by the Salisbury Post, Malcolm “Mac” Butner has been accused of writing Facebook posts that were derogatory toward African Americans, illegal immigrants, and protesters who are part of the Moral Monday Movement.

Those posts have proved a complaint to the Greensboro Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners have also launched an investigation.

Television station WSOC reports that the NAACP is calling for Butner's resignation. But Butner has told the Post he has no intention of resigning.

Butner acknowledged to the paper that he had made remarks critical of Moral Monday protesters and their leader, the Rev. William Barber. “Yes, I made disparaging remarks because I think they are all wrong,” the Post quotes Butner as saying.

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