Friday, October 22, 2010

Could Warner Robins Council's racial tensions be resolved with PowerPoint presentation, trust exercises?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Whenever an old, white councilman makes an insensitive racial remark to a black colleague about cotton fields, you can assured rest that some good ole diversity training will address the deep-rooted issues.

Anti-Defamation League to the rescue:

“This would have been an offensive remark in any setting and no matter who made it,” said Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of ADL, “but the fact that it was made by an elected official during a public meeting makes it particularly repugnant. We call on Council Member John Williams to apologize not just to Mr. Lee, but to the citizens of Warner Robins as well.” [...]

Nigut sent a letter to the council saying that ADL, a leader in diversity training for schools, businesses and community organizations, would be glad to work with the council to create a climate of respect among all members.

“These elected officials need to set an example for the rest of their community of the importance of working together harmoniously,” Nigut said. “They have to be able to find a way to treat each other with respect and dignity despite whatever political differences might divide them.”

We drained our freelance budget to travel into the future and capture footage of the Warner Robins diversity training session. That follows after the jump.

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