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The mayor of a small Georgia town is on the hot seat for remarks she made about a Black candidate for the job of city administrator. Hoschton is a small Georgia hamlet that, until today, many Atlantans didn't know existed. Mayor Theresa Kenerly may have put put the tiny town of fewer than 2,000 residents on the map when she withheld a candidate from consideration for the job of city administrator because he is Black.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted interviews with city officials who say she told a member of the City Council she rejected the resume of a candidate "because he is black, and the city isn't ready for this."

Mayor Kenerly reportedly made the statements during a closed-door session of the council on March 4.

The AJC reached out to Kenerly who said she could not publicly comment on the reported remarks. "I can't say I said it or not said it," she said.

Later, Kenerly issued a statement disputing accounts from other city officials.

"I do not recall making the statement attributed to me regarding any applicant for the City Administrator position, and I deny that I made any statement that suggest prejudice," she said.

The candidate, Keith Henry, of Houston, Texas, was not shocked or surprised by Kenerly's statement. Henry said Kenerly interviewed him over the phone because he was required to pay his own expenses if he traveled to Hoschton to be interviewed in-person.

"It comes with the territory," he told the AJC. "If you live in America as a minority you can't be naïve that it is the reality that you face."

Henry voluntarily withdrew his resume from consideration, in part, because he didn't want to pay the travel expenses out of pocket on the promise of reimbursement at a later date.

Three other candidates are under consideration for the job. Two of them are local and the third drove from the Georgia coast at his own expense, according to the AJC.

City Councilwoman Hope Weeks said Kenerly repeated the racist remarks to her in the parking lot after the council meeting.

"She proceeded to tell me that the candidate was real good, but he was black and we don't have a big black population and she just didn't think Hoschton was ready for that," Weeks wrote in an account dated March 4.

Weeks confided in Councilwoman Susan Powers and both women agreed to take the matter to city attorney Thomas Mitchell.

"Both of us were just appalled, so we thought we had to do something to stop it,” Powers said.

According to a series of emails obtained by the AJC, a deal was made between Mitchell and the City Council members to continue the hiring process that allowed Kenerly to attend, but not participate, in the interviews.

"She is not going to speak or ask questions," attorney Mitchell wrote.

But Powell protested the mayor's continued involvement in the search for a city administrator.

"I am appalled that in 2019 an applicant would not be hired based solely on the color of their skin."

But City Councilman Jim Cleveland defended the mayor, saying she made a tearful apology to the council on March 12.

According to council members who were there, Kenerly said she was only "looking out" for Henry because the city does not have a lot of minority residents.

Cleveland said the mayor "had tears in her eyes. It was in my opinion a very sincere apology." He said he did not think Kenerly was necessarily wrong.

Hoschton is among the last strongholds of the Deep South where pockets of racism remain rooted in entitlement, privilege and ignorance. Of the nearly 2,000 residents of Hoschton, only 201 are non-Caucasian.

Cleveland offered no apologies for the mayor. In fact, he shared his own beliefs that racism is not a thing of the past.

"I understood where she was coming from," he said bluntly. "I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we're not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road."

Cleveland, who has served on the council for a decade, said he ranked Henry last among the four finalists, not because he is Black but because he didn't come in for an in-person interview.

"I worked for AT&T for 31 years. I was a manager I probably hired over 100 people myself. I never hired anyone over a phone interview," he said.

Cleveland described Hoschton as "a predominantly white community" that is resistant to change.

"I don't know how they would take it if we selected a black administrator. She might have been right," he said.

Cleveland reflects the racist attitudes and beliefs that Kenerly espouses.

"I'm a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don't do interracial marriage. That's the way I was brought up and that's the way I believe," he said. "I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that's just not the way a Christian is supposed to live."

The AJC also spoke with Tonya Akin, owner of Dog Gone Cute Grooming. She expressed disappointment in the mayor's statements and her unwillingness to consider a Black administrator.

"I hope they hold her accountable for that,” she said. "I'm not that kind of person. I accept people for who they are."

Akin said Hoschton is a city in the midst of growth and things are going to change for the good. The city's growth over the last decade is reflected in her own business which started with a single employee and now she has 10.

"I think Hoschton is finally saying, 'Hey, we've got to get with the times,'" she said.

  • Bossy704

    They don't want to see us successful because it further emphasizes that they are not superior. Sounds about whyte.

  • Coy little wink

    Throw the whole town away...mayor and councilman included

  • Question Everything

    While they’re at it, Cleveland needs to go too

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "I'm a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don't do interracial marriage. That's the way I was brought up and that's the way I believe," he said. "I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that's just not the way a Christian is supposed to live."
    ----------------------------
    Every day, people who think like this open their eyes in Hell and wonder why they ended up there.

  • Pamela

    This Cleveland azzhole needs a good old-fashioned azz whopping. Fuck him and his backwoods cracker town.

  • Yoni7

    Keith Henry, of Houston, Texas, was not shocked or surprised
    _________________________
    As I'm sure most of US are not. I was telling a yt co-worker of mine, just this morning about how I have to remove my whole identity from my resume to even get in somebody's door. She was taken aback and honestly didn't realize it was a thing. I told her, "YOUR name is 'American'. Mine? American Indian aka BLACK." How we got on this conversation, one may ask. SHE came to me wanting help with her resume.....Keeping it 100, wanted to USE A PART OF MY RESUME FOR HERS! Kid yall not. I told her..."My "friend", you have to make your own." I'll be damned if she gets up outta here before me with MY "help".

  • Topic Influencer

    she told a member of the City Council she rejected the resume of a candidate "because he is black, and the city isn't ready for this."
    ^^^^^^^
    Your slut ass wont ready for that big black cock you pleased back in summer of 1975 but still you survived.

  • Topic Influencer

    Whores like this will fukk a black man out the back door of that rundown trailer her trash ass lives in, but refuse to EVER help them prosper. On any level. Fukk you Teri https://media3.giphy.com/media/4GIvR6cmYs8jC/giphy.gif

  • Bonita

    "Cleveland said the mayor "had tears in her eyes. It was in my opinion a very sincere apology.""

    Puhhlease! Even a woman beater will cry and give what appears to be a sincere apology after he beats his woman, but that doesn't stop him from going upside her head again the next time he sees fit. Try again Cleveland.

  • ShWa

    Fuk whoever cannot get with the program due to being racist. did that guy a favor actually.

  • Topic Influencer

    Told you I had to change the name on mine, 20 years now. Its been 20 years.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This is the mentality of so many Trump supporters. They hate to see whites losing the dominance in society that they've had all these years. They feel like they're being "replaced" by black & brown people, so they're trying to resist that as much as possible. Sad.

  • Soda

    She could hear the black in his voice over the phone I guess. What section of the Bible can I read about this interracial thing?

  • ShWa

    Oh welp they can just deal with it we are not going nowhere, period.

  • Guest

    I asked my Momma why she named me and my siblings American/yt names, and her reply was "I wanted y'all to be able to get jobs"

  • iWasteTime

    These the same people that argue against Affirmative Action but make statements and over look highly qualified applicants because of race

  • Topic Influencer

    I LOVE Wikipedia okay???

    "Hoschton is a city in Jackson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,377 at the 2010 census.[4] As of 2016 the estimated population was 1,495.[1] The mayor, Theresa Kenerly, is a racist.[5]" https://media1.giphy.com/media/3oAkaepmhBlpJtMT2U/giphy.gif

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Even if they gave him the job it’s still is white supremacy in action because they ALLOWED him to have it same way with Barry Obama

  • Yoni7

    It's so disheartening.

  • Soda

    Lol!

  • Topic Influencer

    I have an ethnic first name. I have been my family nickname on my CV/resume for again two decades. My kids have what I call middle of the road names. So can go either way. But a friend told me once (and she was a recruiter at the time for Manpower) to change my name on my resume and BAM! started getting calls the SAME day. Sad but true.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    They like to use black men I. That manner because their men are in adequate in that department....

  • Guest

    They can keep their lil racist town, I wish we could put all of the racist there, including 45!

  • EasyBreezy

    Great question. I've not seen or heard of this from a biblical perspective.

  • EasyBreezy

    Truth! And call him the N word while doing it.

  • Topic Influencer

    I mean for me its been so long. And its not like that isnt my name in some shape, form, or fashion at this point. Whats on the resume. Umm I have bills in that name lmao.

  • Soda

    Slavery ended 155 years ago but they say they're still not ready. When you add in all the vile things they've done in between then & now, it's not surprising. ?

  • Dowoop

    Lmfao

  • Dowoop

    ???

  • Topic Influencer

    Im trying to figure out wtf they not ready fuh. I thought this was some far flung place bc I aint from GA. The county this is in, is PART of the ATL metro area technically. Its adjacent to Gwinnett. Like...these folks SEE black folks. SOMEONE leaving out the county and driving to a factory/insert job here with blacks daily. No?

  • Renee26

    They're not Atlanta ? they said they don't want black folks getting any ideas of expanding into their town

    Well bishes y'all racist flags are flying high... Ion know of a bible versus that speaks against interracial marriage but ok...

  • Renee26

    ? ? ?

  • Topic Influencer

    What the hell she say back? I mean shoot. the gall.

  • Renee26

    I wouldn't want to work for a company that can't pay my travel expenses anyway... Huge red flag.

  • Carrington

    Racist Spotting 101: Any bleached blonde who still teases her hair likely has a MAGA cap and a confederate flag on her pickup.... duh.

  • LexGirl

    I was thinking the same thing! Someone posted a meme on FB that said "I JUST WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE KKK MEMBERS WITH MIXED GRANDKIDS!!!" Funny, but TRUE shit!!

  • Topic Influencer

    The part that got me was hiring over the phone. "I worked for AT&T for 31 years. I was a manager I probably hired over 100 people myself. I never hired anyone over a phone interview," he said.

    Past two jobs I got were over the phone hired. Not bc I couldnt come in...bc the project managers cant come in. THEY are remote too.

  • Renee26

    Ok... Neither has he. I wonder what he thinks of Christ's bronze skin and wool like hair ?

  • Sam

    He needs to read and then re-read the Bible and see if the text matches his beliefs on interracial marriage.

  • LeeSeeCee
  • Yoni7

    Nothin'. What could she say? She know that's how I am to "them". "No hoe, getcho own!"

  • Missy

    Stuck in time. Look at that hairdo.?

  • Alextra Ballard

    I continue to say this over and over,their are still some white folks dew not want a black supervisor/boss over them telling them what tew dew.

  • Cricket404

    Dracarys...

  • Raquel

    B*tch probably still uses that white girl hairspray: AquaNet. LOL

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Anyone with that hairstyle...at this current time...in 2019...is racist...

  • Nik

    ??????

  • Nik

    ??????????

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    ??

  • Yoni7

    PERIODT!

  • Topic Influencer

    Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

  • Yoni7

    And calls everybody hun and sweetie.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    My momma did the exact same thing with all of my siblings (4 of us)...she said that she didn't want us at a disadvantage because of our name when we start our careers...To this day when I interview and they dont look me up via Linkedin the surprise on those yt men and yt women's faces when a black woman walks in is priceless...I've had people email me for years and when they see my face its like "Oh"....

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    The name of the city sounds racist

  • Yoni7

    I saw that and was WEAK!

  • Yoni7

    I JUST SPIT! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Wiki ain't sh!t! LMAO I bet somebody IN HERE did it too. LOL

  • Yoni7
  • Sid

    A white employer rejecting a man because of the color of his skin! I’m shocked!

    -Said no one ever in the history of mankind

  • IAmLegend

    LMAOOOO

  • Lisa Left Eye

    He should sue them for discrimination. And why do white ppl swear somebody desires their pasty a$$e$?! "Don't do interracial marriage" <--- b*tch I'm trying to check a bag not cozy up to, socialize with or marry you filthy swine

    I make a point to let these cave beasts know that I'm around u solely for the resources and opportunities and idgaf about being friends, dating u or anything else

  • MsSapphire9800

    That damn black eyeliner on the top and bottom...let you know what she is about.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Actually she did him a favor.
    Old crusty--a$$ed cracker,

  • Karen Brady

    She looks like an old fried, dried and dyed whore.

  • Karen Brady

    *CRINE*

  • Karen Brady

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • lovelygamour

    the bottom line is they want the mayor gone. thats why we are hearing about this. she maybe a nice lady but incompetent so they are going to use this to get rid of her. happens all the time.

    the town sounds racist. now the proper thing to do would be the mayor explain to him that he can have the job but tell him that the town is racists and they will blame him for everything. depending on how the people are they may try to injure him. also, maybe the mayor doesnt want the blowback of hiring a african american.

    reading what councilman cleveland wrote says it all. that man would not be safe there. let them rot. the job sounds like govt waste. you have a mayor, council, and admin for a 2000 person village. how much are their taxes.

  • Karen Brady

    I was once hired from out of state and all expenses paid for my relo. Loved it. I hate face to face interviews... nerve racking..lol.

  • Karen Brady

    Honey it's probably best he stay his black azz right where he is.

  • Karen Brady

    Right!

  • Guest

    LOL!

  • lovelygamour

    yeah, honestly georgia is known for racism. plus, he had a phone interview while others paid to go. this guy should look for greener pastures then a racist one stoplight town.

  • Lady” Youngblood

    I was going to move to Atlanta, Spent two weeks down there looking for a house and it’s something about Atlanta that scares me and I’m from the Bronx. But it’s not what it’s all hyped up to be. You either up or down, in or out. And I worried the whole time I would turn down a wrong road and see a black person hanging. They say it’s black Hollywood but it’s just a bunch of broke black people acting Hollywood, and there rude a$$ hell. One girl told me she was tired of ot people moving to Atlanta, so she wasn’t going help me with directions and she was black and probably the only person I meant in Atlanta from Atlanta. I got back to Jersey fast

  • LexGirl

    LMFAO!!!

  • TamG

    My mouth is agape at this entire article. I just can’t wrap my mind that there are still people who behave this way. It’s one thing to be racist, but to be openly so—in 2019!—with all the examples before you that people WILL expose you nowadays and you WILL be banished from society. How does someone not realize these things only end one way nowadays? Feel and believe what you want, but don’t open your mouth to say it! Idiot.

  • LexGirl

    Bc she didn't think her "friends" would tell anybody!!! She think that they ALL think the same way & somebody pulled that card on that ass! lol #nosympathyfromme

  • lovelygamour

    yet, they cant pass a drug test or a supervisor test to get the job themselves.
    I really have come to disregard a certain type of white person. i know it prejudice but its help me thrive.

  • Evillene

    There will always be yt foolishness. It is not going anywhere -- even after Trump. Georgians should focus on sending Stacey Abrams to the U.S. Senate.

  • Jazzy

    Amazing. I have lived in Atlanta for 30 years and what you experienced is surprising to me because while there are a few "butt heads" here, for the most part, people are friendly. I can believe you turned down a wrong road and was frightened, but that's in any city. I also believe the woman told you that she was "tired of people moving to Atlanta", because people say that all the time here. Sorry you had such a negative experience. I absolutely LOVE Atlanta.

  • mzwhang90210

    Ole "Here's your once chance Fancy, don't let me down" lookin a$$...

  • mzwhang90210

    ??

  • hottlanta

    If she wanted some trim from him it would have not been a problem.

  • lovelygamour

    to me he made the mayors point. the black guy wouldve had people like him sabotaging him. so, i think the mayor shouldve offer the black man the job and told him about the racist town, but i understand why she passed. 1. he didnt show in person 2. that town maybe would harm him or her.

  • lovelygamour

    the mayor probably said that out loud to hint at cleveland. that man sound awful.

  • keviethedreamer

    I’m more appalled at the councilman than the mayor. His “Christian” values and beliefs tell me all I need to know about him.

  • lovelygamour

    how did he even jump to interracial marriage. only a fool would want to intermingle with his family.

  • lovelygamour

    its not just black people. that whole state is up or down. they all same to be fighting for the same hussles. i think too many out-of- staters moved there and didnt bring any "real" money with them. kinda like california and florida but those two states have a lot of opportunities so you dont have to be down for long if you dont get hooked on drugs.

  • Renee26

    Yeah dude was deflecting because the phone interview wasn't the issue... It was that helfas comments about the interviewee.

    I used to work for a company that did phone screens to weed out certain candidates. One brotha (who sounded like a Chad on the phone) slipped through the cracks and got a face to face interview. When they saw he was black he went from being their #1 candidate to not being the "right fit" for the role.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I never even heard of the town. It's probably consisted of her and her cousins that play around with each other in the backyard. The brotha probably escaped what would have been an awful job, for an awful city, with awful citizens. He should count his blessings. She should get her hair done because that 80's look is not coming back any time soon.

  • Li-Wright

    Her feelings and what she said is not illegal. Unfortunately. The candidate can sue, get some $$ civilly, but he can't make her hire him.

  • Li-Wright

    Well, the mayor knows her town. Maybe it's 99% white and she knew hiring him would contrib to her losing her job. We don't know why she said it or what she was thinking -- except the town (white) wasn't ready for a black administrator. She may be right.

  • Li-Wright

    Lady I soooo believe you. The truth. I have relatives in Atlanta and I used to visit, but I never got the "feeling" for the people in Atlanta. people are southern friendly, yes, but I never felt it was genuine.

  • teather

    But she looks so pleasant! I'm confused.

  • ALLMINE?

    I wish we had our own places to work

  • Ryan

    She unintentionally did him a favor by showing off how dumb they are AHEAD of time. By the time he rode around that dump and saw the beat up trailers and the people it would've been too late.

  • ALLMINE?

    Nj is the rudest place on earth tho. The black women at the atl airport are some of the rudest I've ever encountered. I know we like to pretend we're perfect online but it is wtf it is..

  • KneeSee

    Ikr. She's obviously still stuck in the 80's.

  • GAPeach

    He knew all those white women would have been breaking their necks trying to get at that brother.

  • Trace da Ace

    wow...like...wow...and can somebody PLEASE show me in the bible (verse and section) where GOD said that it was not "christian-like" to mix races??? Cause I am sick and tired of folks amending the bible to suit their beliefs.....I wanna see receipts and invoices!!!

  • Sushi

    Child don't do it I stayed in Atlanta for 6 years, they are like crabs in a barrel ....

  • Rayscoty

    Her hair dresser is definitely racist....

  • Kimocha
  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    It's a lot of Christians going to hell talking bout, what the Bible say.....My King James red letter edition don't say nothing bout if you white thou shall not marry negros.....it says love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.....that's it, but we go and mess up even the simple stuff smh

  • Sweetness

    I ain't eem mad at her?.

    Just leave that town alone sir.

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO! The shade!

  • Lady” Youngblood

    New Jersey people are rude. I said the same thing when we moved here years ago from the city. They just stare in your face. New Yorkers at least speak and don’t come to your house empty handed

  • Chhzz

    fire that ish...if nothing for being a liar.
    she issued an official statement saying she did not do this but then have official reports saying she tearfully apologized...the truth not in the ish....

  • Jethro

    It's always funny to hear a racist trying to explain away racism.

  • ALLMINE?

    ???? u think we stare?

  • Seldomseen

    Is that a raccoon around her neck

  • Seldomseen

    Yeah phone interviews are the in thing now.

  • Lady” Youngblood

    I have a New York swag so I guess that’s why. They love the way I talk and walk ( bowlegged stand) The way I say mother and Father drives them crazy. They can tell I’m not a country bammer that sounds like auntie mama

  • ALLMINE?

    Im talking about nj? I know the southerners stare ???

  • Lady” Youngblood

    I’m talking about New Jersey too

  • Lady” Youngblood

    I came down there with house money, stayed in a hotel on peach street for two weeks, I left super bowl Sunday because they were going to raise the price of my hotel double. And by than I was tired of there accent to be truthful

  • Large Pro

    well there goes one of those white women that Obama said deserve civil rights and higher pay then Black men.

  • Large Pro

    Let me see how many of you plantation minded christian negros try to argue against what that white man said.

  • Large Pro

    your slave book tells you to be a good slave, good try though.

  • jay

    Some People are just not friendly an open.
    Race should never play a factor in how you treat anyone. She is admitting to her shallow ,dark insides. This is sad but her issue not job candidate. She will have to answer for her hatred one day. Karma is blind.

  • ALLMINE?

    Ehhhhh depends on that part of nj you're talking about. A lot of nj is closer to ny than The Bronx and Queens.

  • Large Pro

    1 Timothy 6:1
    All
    who are under the yoke of slavery should regard their masters as fully
    worthy of honor, so that God's name and our teaching will not be
    discredited.

  • Large Pro

    now can your plantation simple minded a** be quiet?

  • chaisun

    I’ll be glad when Black People stop pretending to appalled and outraged by white People and their antics. They’ve been behaving this way for hundreds of years and to expect any difference is just delusional. If they wanted to change he they would have a long time ago. 1819 or 2019. Different years, same white people, same ideology, same hatred towards us.

  • chaisun

    I remember when that hairstyle was on “trend”. ?????

  • C Mack

    “It comes with the territory...If you live in America as a minority you can't be naïve that it is the reality that you face."

    Seems like your day to be glad is today. Did you miss that part?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Jim Cleveland is a WHOLE idiot! SO MANY racists “christians” that I am not surprised by the ignorance!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Actually, that city is NICE!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Actually, that city is NICE!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???
    They shole would have!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???
    They shole would have!

  • Ryan

    Oh FR? I still wouldn't want the moon to catch me out there though lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I feel ya! ALWAYS gotta keep that head on a swivel??

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • ClaireHuxtable

    We can if we pool our resources to create our own hotels, banks, grocery stores, etc. I seldom see Back people doing that...especially the wealthy ones.

  • GrapeCrush

    "I do not recall making the statement attributed to me regarding any applicant for the City Administrator position, and I deny that I made any statement that suggest prejudice," she said.

    Spoken like a true crooked politician.

  • GrapeCrush

    "I do not recall making the statement attributed to me regarding any applicant for the City Administrator position, and I deny that I made any statement that suggest prejudice," she said.

    Spoken like a true crooked politician.

  • CookieMobster

    What up Mack!

  • C Mack

    What’s up!!? How are things going?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yup especially these small towns I’m from Atlanta so I know

  • Trace da Ace

    How about you take your simple minded ass and go jump off a cliff....I asked a question and instead of your ignorant ass answering it..you had to take it there.....sooo with that being said....SUCK A FAT ONE!!

    Have a nice day. :)

  • Trace da Ace

    THIS ANSWERS NOTHING.....SO GO FUKK YOURSELF YOU PASTY TROLL!!!

  • parisjok

    as quite as it is kept there are many many small towns just like this even in 2019!!! as you travel especially by train u see some of these type of towns where 99.9 percent are white and some are 100 still white folks.

    they don't want anyone living there that don't look like themselves and most don't even want strangers moving in that look like them. they will stay like that as long as they can you can be sure. it sounds so unreal but very very true.

    that guy saying out right that he does not think it is right for blacks and whites to mix seems to forget the huge elephant in the room that we are ALL just human beings with all different kinds of skin tones. that is it. under the skin is still blood and other organs that we ALL have.

  • KB

    How about Mayor Kenerly and Jim Cleveland take a casual lap swim in my toilet.

  • sjames

    LOL