Thursday, October 21, 2010

Warner Robins councilman's racist 'cotton field' comment to black colleague unexpectedly fails to resolve disagreement

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Good luck getting a United Colors of Benetton after this little mix-up, Warner Robins!

A white councilman in the central Georgia city has been accused of telling his colleague, who's black, that he should be working in a cotton field. Councilman Daron Lee, the target of the comments, says it's the second times he's heard insensitive remarks made by his colleagues.

Macon's WMAZ reports:

The exchange happened during a motion by [Councilman] Daron Lee. He wanted to clarify a contract for an investigation by former city clerk Stan Martin into city business.

Lee and three other council members voted for Martin to continue the inquiry, but John Williams, Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Tom Simms Jr. oppose his hiring.

The disagreement prompted Williams to interrupt Lee.

Lee stopped Williams, saying, "I was disrespected last Monday. I'm getting about tired of you all, talking to me any kind of way. I'm not working in a cotton field."

Williams replied, "You should be."

Not the best way to resolve a disagreement, John! Williams tells the WMAZ his comment wasn't racist because, hey, even he once worked in a cotton field. The local NAACP chapter director told CNN he thinks Williams should resign.

WMAZ's video, which includes Williams' comment and some down-South drama, is after the jump.

(H/T to Wonkette)

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