DAVIS COUNTY

Amid backlash and accusations of racism, Davis County man apologizes for comment about Black city council member

Apr 19, 2023, 1:00 PM | Updated: Apr 21, 2023, 12:06 pm

City Council Member Karece Thompson is pictured. (Karece Thompson official Facebook page)...

City Council Member Karece Thompson is pictured. (Karece Thompson official Facebook page)

(Karece Thompson official Facebook page)

SALT LAKE CITY — A local conservative group is taking heat after a commenter was accused of making a racist statement about City Council Member Karece Thompson.

The post made in the Davis County Conservatives private group was celebrating a recent event held at Weber State with conservative civil rights activist Robert Woodson and five Black panelists. 

According to screenshots sent to KSL NewsRadio, and screenshots shared by Thompson on Twitter, Gary Moore commented on that post.

 KSL NewsRadio has not heard back from Thompson for comment. He told the Standard-Examiner he didn’t get a personal apology after the comment was left visible to the Davis County Conservative group for days.

The original poster, Jamie Wadman, said she sent a screenshot of the post to Thompson, stating that she and two members of the group were denouncing Moore’s comments and “more support would be coming.” She said other group members denounced it too.

The post was up for at least two days before an admin of the Davis County Conservatives page removed the comment and issued a public apology. Thompson feels it was targeted not only at him, but other people of color.

Moore’s apology

In an interview with KSL NewsRadio, Moore apologized for his comment and said he’s left a voicemail for Thompson as well.

“It was very, very, very poorly thought out on my part and I wish I had never said it,” he said. “What I said was wrong and I wish to apologize to Karece Thompson.”

Along with that, Moore apologized to the Davis County Conservatives for “dragging them into something they shouldn’t be dragged into.”

When asked to explain what he meant by his post, Moore said he was hesitant to do so for fear it could be perceived he was trying to justify what he said.

“It was a horrible mistake to express my disagreements with Karece as an elected official and my beliefs about the Republican party reaching out to core constituencies of the Democratic party in the same post…again poorly thought out and I deeply regret it.” 

State senator speaks out

Utah Sen. Todd Weiler spoke out against what happened, claiming it took days to get an apology from the group and, before the apology was changed, the group only apologized for not seeing the post sooner.

“It didn’t even name Karece. It didn’t name the person who had posted the racist comment and it didn’t apologize to Karece. Then later that post was edited to name Karece. So I think it was too little too late,” said Weiler.

Thompson also made this Twitter post after the initial apology.

Wadman said as soon as page admins were aware they took the post down and acknowledged that the initial apology did not name Thompson.  

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Amid backlash and accusations of racism, Davis County man apologizes for comment about Black city council member