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Wilmot Mayor agrees to remove controversial video

Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong posted a 10-minute video, showing two black men claiming the "Black Lives Matter" movement is a lie

The video is down.

At least off the Facebook page of the Mayor of Wilmot Township, Les Armstrong.

Armstrong recently posted a video of two black men claiming the "Black Lives Matter" movement is a lie, and the border of the video had the words "White Lives Matter."

He has been facing public scrutiny for it ever since.

Regional Councillor Tom Galloway took to Twitter, calling it unacceptable, adding "silence is not an option."

"Self-reflection/interrogation white ally study really emphasizes this," Galloway Tweeted.

The issue was addressed on The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS Monday morning, and came to a head at Wilmot council Monday night, when Ward 4 councillor Jennifer Pfenning questioned Mayor Armstrong.

"Mr. Mayor, I know you to be a man who is capable of compassion and empathy," Pfenning directed toward Armstrong.

"The post you made over the weekend, and the subsequent comments do not display that empathy or compassion."

The councillor made reference to people of colour that she holds near and dear, and says she cannot be silent on the issue.

Pfenning closed her comments by saying everyone is free to post what they wish, but that they need to be responsible about it, as they have an impact on the community they serve.  She called on Mayor Armstrong to take the video down.

Armstrong remained unapologetic, but admits he recognizes the post has angered some people.

He claims people are taking the post out of context, noting he posted it with the comment "Another view, interesting."

"I believe there does need to be a lot more chatter, and a lot more talk about this," he said, "We do need to have more discussion.  We do need to erase racism."

"But we do need to get to the point that on this planet, we understand that there is one race, the human race.  That is my belief, and it always has been, and I continue to fight for that."

He concludes that if his share caused people to have a conversation, "that's good."

"As usual, people will either take it out of context or not.  It's how they determine it," Armstrong said, "I can't change that. I know people are going to do that."

Pfenning spoke up again toward the end of the meeting, asking if Armstrong didn't mean any harm, if he would take the video down.

Armstrong agreed.

"I'm more than willing to take it down, that's not a problem, I can do that," he said.

But he added that Facebook should be contacted to get the video fully removed as well.

"We're responsible for our actions," Pfenning added.


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