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“Only the Strong Will Survive”: Texas Mayor Resigns During State of Emergency

Last week, Texas witnessed record low temperatures that caused a power outage leaving millions without heat and electricity. While some communities have taken this misfortunate circumstance as an opportunity to support one another, The Mayor of Colorado City, Texas, has stepped down from his position during these troubling times. 

On February 16, Tim Boyd, now the former Mayor of Colorado City, posted a controversial Facebook message that sparked outrage. Within his post, he expressed his frustration over the complaints received from town residents over the recent power outage. When the power outage occurred, many residents had requested the city to open up public buildings to escape the low 20-degree temperature. However, the response they received from Boyd regarding their demands was anything but courteous and inundated with errors. The full text of his original post is as follows: 

“Let me hurt some feelings while I have a minute!! No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support your during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a d*mn hand out! If you don’t have electricity you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe. If you have no water, you deal without and think outside of the bow to survive and supply water to your family. If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting, there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising! Only the strong will survive, and the week will perish. Folks, God has given us the tools to support ourselves in times like this. This is sadly a product of a socialist government where they feed people to believe that the FEW work and others will become dependent for handouts. Am I sorry that you have been dealing without electricity and water; yes! But I’ll be d*mned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves! We have lost sight of those in need and those that take advantage of the system and mesh them into one group!! Bottom line quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off you *ss and take care of your own family!

Bottom line – DON’T BE A PART OF A PROBLEM, BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!”

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After trending on social media, Boyd soon deleted the post. He then sent out an apology expressing how he “would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help.” Within his apology, he brought up the regret he has experienced over the wording used in the message but clarified he was only speaking on those who were “too lazy to get up and fend for themselves.” 

Many news outlets expressed how the former mayor resigned after his Facebook post. However, based on Boyd’s report, he had already turned in his resignation before the incident occurred. He continued to explain that he had no plans to continue being mayor and failed to meet the deadline for reelection on Feb. 12. He continued by stating he never meant to speak for Colorado City or Mitchell County and continued by saying, “I was speaking as a citizen as I am NOT THE MAYOR anymore.” 

Although deleted, screenshots continue to circulate on social media websites like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. He revealed in his apology response that both his life and his family’s lives had been threatened. His wife lost her job due to the perception people formed of her and the business where she worked. Boyd has since deactivated his Facebook and other media platforms due to the consistent harassment he and his family have received. 

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Olivia Moreland is currently studying Psychology and Anthropology at Florida State University. In her spare time, you can find her painting, hiking, and riding horses. She also enjoys photography and cooking delicious vegetarian meals.
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