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Williamson Co. community housing leader called out for 'offensive' social media posts

FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A community housing director is being asked to remove some of his social media posts and apologize because families in the community say they are offensive and hurtful.

The non-profit Community Housing Partnership (CHP) of Williamson County works to place low-income, elderly and disabled families into quality housing.

It benefits people of all races, backgrounds and religions.

One of the men in charge of that program has been accused of posting racist and derogatory messages on social media.

One of the posts said liberals are "more dangerous than the KKK."

Another post defends department store H&M for putting out a controversial ad.

“He is making comments that can be offensive and comments that he has no remorse for,” said Maury County NAACP Director Rev T.D. Byrdsong.

Byrdsong says families who benefit from that housing organization are deeply offended by some of the posts.

“I was not only grieved and appalled, but I was [taken] by surprise by the lack of carelessness and lack of empathy that I saw,” said Byrdsong.

News 4 has reached out to the Director of Development by phone, email and social media, but we have not yet heard back.

Byrdsong says he has gotten in touch with the man and says he is not backing down.

“It’s amazing to me how one can have an attitude of superiority to those who he serves,” said Byrdsong.

Byrdsong told News4 the Community Housing Partnership is a wonderful organization that has helped hundreds of families, but an employee posting things of this nature is simply unacceptable.

Byrdsong also said he is confident the issue will soon be resolved.

UPDATE:

After this story was aired, CHP responded to News4 with a letter saying they are now making changes to their social media policy and will begin training employees "regarding the use of social media and proper forms of discourse, especially discourse relevant to CHP."

At the desire of Byrdsong, CHP Director Stephen Murray and the employee who made the posts will also directly address the NAACP Board and any other party offended by the posts at a meeting in the future. 

The letter also included a personal apology from the employee who made the posts, Dylan Wyer:

To the Williamson County and Maury County Communities:

I write this with a heavy heart and filled with great sadness. I feel that it is imperative that I apologize to everyone that I have hurt with my personal Facebook posts. The posts as reported are a poor representation of the man that I am and the man that I was raised to be. 

As an adoptee from Seoul, South Korea, to two Caucasian American parents, with a Caucasian American brother, a South Korean American sister, and an African American sister, the reported posts are not a reflection of my heart, beliefs, or way of life. The posts I wrote were made out of 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. I did not realize that my posts could be construed as they have been. I wrote these posts on my own accord and these posts are not a reflection of the mission of Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County. 

It was wrong for me to write these posts and I sincerely apologize to anyone that has been offended or hurt by my actions. It was never my intention to hurt or harm anyone on account of their race, religion, ethnicity or belief. The posts have been removed and I am deactivating my Facebook account. I am grateful and blessed to be a part of this community and ask for your forgiveness. 

Sincerely, 
Dylan Wyer

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