Charlotte city council member Lawana Mayfield says she made a mistake sharing a Facebook post that suggested September 11 was a conspiracy. But she didn’t definitively say whether she believes planes hijacked by terrorists brought down the World Trade Center.
Mayfield made her comments on WCNC’s Flashpoint, which aired yesterday. She said she has to recognize the pain that resulted from her Facebook post and that conversation on other matters can’t move forward until she does.
“I should not have shared the post, but I did not share the post with the idea or expectation to cause hurt, harm, or damage. It was me sharing a partial thought,” said Mayfield.
In her Facebook post last week, Mayfield linked to a conspiracy theory about 9/11. In it, she referred to an “alleged plane” and signed the post - from the conspiracy theorist in me. Mayfield hasn’t taken it down, but did delete the word alleged from it.
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When asked on Flashpoint whether she believes planes took down the World Trade center towers, she responded that she believes Americans were lost during the event.
“What I believe is that after this event our nation then identified a segment of the community and said, ‘This community is now terrorists.’ And from that moment, we’ve been saying, ‘Terrorist, terrorist, terrorist.’ but we have not said for, honestly, those who are white Americans who have committed mass killings, since that time will not get that title,” said Mayfield.
The Facebook post garnered angry comments from people in Charlotte and across the country. Some offered words of support too. More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition calling for her resignation.