A North Carolina county commissioner says he stands by his words made during a meeting when he referred to slaves as "workers" during a discussion on removing a Confederate statue.
However, the Alamance County Commissioner, Tim Sutton, said his words were taken out of context at the unscheduled discussion on Monday regarding the statue.
Sutton said he was referring to one family and one farm and was not “broad base painting the whole institution.”
During the meeting, a group appeared before the board of commissioners to ask them to consider keeping the statue.
Sutton is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. He told the meeting that he is "not going to be a victim of political correctness."
He was talking about his great-grandfather's death when he said, "some guys on the farm, you can call them slaves if you want to, but I would just call them workers."
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