Charlottesville Deputy Mayor Wes Bellamy is on the hot seat again for a history of racially-charged, sexist and divisive posts on social media which are again attracting unwanted scrutiny for the officials who run the embattled Virginia town.
Bellamy stepped down from a post on the Virginia Board of Education after his Twitter history went public but he still serves as the deputy or vice mayor of Charlottesville, according to news reports.
With all the finger pointing about racial strife, hatred and responsibility coming from Charlottesville VA after a weekend of deadly rioting, perhaps the city needs to take a close look at its own officials and rhetoric before blaming all other parties.
Bellamy has apologized for the tweets, citing his youth and immaturity at the time. The Tweets, he said in previous public statements, do not represent who he is today.
CNN embraced Bellamy over the weekend, putting the deputy mayor on air to trash white supremacy and President Donald Trump and his administration. CNN Host Wolf Blitzer did quiz Bellamy on his personal history of racial Tweets. But Blitzer, in traditional CNN fashion, failed to ask Bellamy why he Tweeted such incendiary remarks but instead queries what he learned from the experience of being criticized for making inflammatory Tweets.
Some of Bellamy’s prior Tweets are not suitable for publication here. They are beyond raw. But others include: