Camilla, Georgia Mayor Rufus Davis has held office since last January. But nearly two years into his mayoral term, Davis claims he’s been denied the keys to his own office.
CBS Atlanta reports Camilla City Council voted not to grant Davis access to City Hall which houses his office.
On Monday, Davis announced that he and newly elected city councilwoman Veterra Pollard, will protest the discriminatory policies that pervade their town by sitting out of city council meetings until change is made.
“There is severe segregation in my city that has persisted for decades,” the former Wall Street executive told “Real Talk” radio show host Rashad Richey.
Davis tells the radio host that there are no Black police officers although Black people constitute 70 percent of the town’s population, nearly all Black people who apply to work at City Hall are never hired and schools are almost fully segregated.
Camilla’s 27th mayor also claims the town’s cemetery is even segregated with a fence separating burial spots for Whites from those of Blacks.
“Although it’s not a written policy, it’s something that is practice,” Davis said of the Oakview Cemetery.
But city Manager Adam Bennett said Davis’ claim is not true.
“Whoever they are, if they come in here, we’re not going to discriminate based on race,” he said. “To my knowledge, we’ve never had anybody come, an African American or another non-white, come in and buy a burial lot in our cemetery.”
But Davis is sticking to his guns and says he won’t attend any upcoming city council meetings until changes are made at Oakview.
“Before we will sit in a meeting, we want the cemetery to be desegregated for starters,” Davis said.
You can listen to the mayor’s interview with “Real Talk” here.