An Arkansas Sheriff resigned from his post on Friday after receiving backlash from a tape recording of his racist slurs.
“The Arkansas County Quorum court met in special session this morning at 10 a.m. to discuss a resolution requesting the resignation of Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright. An audio clip began circulating on Facebook late Wednesday night in which Wright uses racial slurs and offensive language describing an employee at Piggly Wiggly in DeWitt,” the Stuttgart Daily Leader reported Friday. “Wright offered an apology for any offense the recording caused, and said that his comments were in the heat of the moment. Wright insisted he was not racist.”
The Pine Bluff Commercial reported on Thursday that Wright was caught on audio calling a woman a “n****r lover” after she spoke to a black employee at the grocery story.
“I don’t understand why you’re so mad at me,” the woman said.
“Why you got to holler a f*cking n****rs when I’m around,” he replied.
At Friday’s hearing, the sheriff was urged to resign by a friend, Dewitt business owner Bobby Webb.
“I’ve known you all my life. You need to take that badge and you need to lay it on that table and you need to walk out of here,” Webb said. “You know I love you.”