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Williamson County Community Housing Partnership employee lambasted for reported racist remarks


Williamson County Community Housing Partnership employee lambasted for reported racist remarks

WSMV News 4 reporter Liz Lohuis reported on the February 8 story involving an employee of the Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County.

By BROOKE WANSER

The Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County, a nonprofit organization which builds affordable homes, has responded to a televised broadcast on February 8 regarding an employee’s reportedly racist Facebook posts.

Stephen Murray, the executive director of the organization, emailed news outlets Friday to clarify errors in a WSMV News 4 broadcast. He stated that the employee’s social media posts were taken out of context.

In the release, Murray said CHP first heard of the issue the day before the broadcast after being contacted by the Rev. T.D. Byrdsong, the Maury County NAACP director. Byrdsong appeared on the broadcast after being contacted by WSMV, condemning director of development Dylan Wyer’s posts.

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Senior staff discussed the issue with Wyer, who removed the posts and drafted an apology, according to the release.

On February 9, after meeting with Byrdsong, Murray said the two organizations have reconciled and agreed Wyer’s comments do not reflect CHP’s mission.

“From these constructive conversations came a realization of the need to make changes to CHP’s social media policies and to implement employee training regarding use of social media and proper forms of discourse, especially discourse relevant to CHP,” the release reads.

“Good can come from experiences such as these, if we are open to and desire that to happen,” the release finishes.

In Wyer’s apology, he wrote, “The posts I made were in anger and frustration and were directed at those people who abuse the system and who harm the classes of people our organization attempts to help.”

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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