In audio supplied to Fox 23 Tulsa, city workers in Green County, Oklahoma can be heard joking about calling Martin Luther King Day “n*gger day,” with one man suggesting naming it after the civil rights leader’s assassin.
According to the report, the audio was given to the station by Michael Wittmer, a city employee in the tiny city of Warner, who claims he has been recording talk at meetings and around the office because he said most days little work gets done.
What he recorded on Monday stunned him as one unidentified man can be heard asking, “Do we get Martin Luther King day off?”
“No n*gger day off for us,” another man replies.
According to Wittmer, the speakers in the audio are high ranking city employees, but he did not identify them in the report that continues with the following exchange between the men.
“We’re off for n*gger day?” one man asks again, to which another man states, “Yeah, it says a holiday, take a holiday.”
“I’m not celebrating n*gger day,” another man adds, before continuing, “But we just call it J.E.R. day……James Earl Ray,” after which laughter can be heard at the mention of King’s killer.
“Not that we don’t like black people,” the conversation continues. “I’m not racist, that just what it’s called here.”
According to the report, the city has called an emergency meeting on Wednesday, January 10, with an investigation to follow.