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Council member Mayfield defends right to talk 9/11 conspiracy theory
Email to voters unapologetic; declines calls to resign
 
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:37 am
by Herbert L. White

PHOTO | HERBERT L. WHITE
Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield defended her critique of a 9/11 conspiracy theory in an email to District 3 voters Wednesday. Mayfield, who represents District 3, resisted calls for her resignation over a posting on her social media account.

Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield is defending her right to argue conspiracy theory about the 9/11 terror attacks.


Mayfield emailed an explanation to voters in District 3, which she represents, that she didn’t argue 9/11’s consequences; rather that her social media posting of the attack as a “controlled demolition” was worth pondering.


“Personally, I am TIRED as an American, I am Tired as a Black American,” Mayfield wrote.

“I committed to YOU that I would be transparent, not lie to you and to address concerns in our community to the best of my ability. I did NOT say I would stop having my own opinions or stop being BLACK nor will I forget as James E Baldwin once said that ‘To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.’


Mayfield posted “It's Official: European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 Was a Controlled Demolition," written by Conspiracy Theories to her Facebook page. She argued in her email that African Americans are entitled to their opinions and shouldn’t be walled off from discourse.


“Nowhere in this statement did I speak to the many lives LOST, nor did I speak to the many who still have health issues today from this catastrophic event,” Mayfield wrote. “I want to be abundantly clear. I am in no way invalidating the impacts felt by many from 9/11 that caused the deaths of more than 3,000 people. I mourn, as an American, and wholly believe that were it not for the brave and heroic efforts of many, more lives would have been lost. I do understand, that a post, while on my personal social media, could be taken out of context or even be misread. While I do oppose limits on privacy and may have questions about certain actions taken by our government, I do not diminish the horrific events of that day.”


Mayfield took exception to pushback from constituents who’ve called for her resignation. She argues there’s a double standard for people of color when it comes to offering opinions.


“It seems far too often that We as African Americans or Black people are not to have an opinion and with that in mind, my sharing of the post was me sharing multiple questions I still (while wearing my conspiracy theory hat which many of us wear but I am acknowledging) have regarding my safety after the trampling of ‘The First Amendment,’” she wrote,’” was meant to make one thing indisputably clear: free speech was the basis for a government of the people. Without a free press, as well as the ability to openly gather, debate, protest, and criticize, how would the people be able to judge their government’s adherence to the other rights? How could people vote knowledgeably if they didn’t know what was being done in their name by their government?”


Mayfield said she has no intention of resigning her council seat, defending her tenure as District 3 representative. The next council election is in 2019.
“My record is clear. I work hard for the citizens of District 3 and the City of Charlotte,” she wrote. “Defining the work that I have done and continue to do by one post on my personal social media is unacceptable. One post does not make the person, it is merely a thought or question especially when that post is misrepresented. I have no intention to resign and will continue to serve the citizens that elected me to work for them.”


Comments

Your Awesome La Wana Mayfield.

Im sorry to say, she truly know whats she is saying. I recommend to all. Take a break from any mainstream media. Tune into a smaller news feed. There are many. Just for one day. Step outside your norm. And listen to what is being said. And be ready for just how much the truth is going to hurt when you learn.
Thank you for reading my friends.
Posted on April 19, 2018
 

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