Ga. councilman criticized for racially tinged barb

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Civil rights groups have criticized a white city councilman in Georgia for telling a black colleague that he should be working in a cotton field.

The public exchange happened Monday between Warner Robins Councilman John Williams, who is white, and Daron Lee, who is black.

During a meeting, Lee said he was being disrespected by Williams. Lee said he wasn't working in a cotton field.

Williams said, "You should be." He later denied the remark was racist.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said city officials should step down if they cannot represent all the city's constituents. The Anti-Defamation League called Williams' remark offensive and is offering diversity training to the council.

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double_standard
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double_standard 10/22/10 - 02:43 pm
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If the tea party gets its way

If the tea party gets its way the only jobs in America will be the cotton fields.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 02:53 pm
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I wonder what kind of ethnic

I wonder what kind of ethnic barbs those Israeli soldiers use when attacking Gaza?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 02:55 pm
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Okay, back to the subject: I

Okay, back to the subject: I wish the reporter gave us some context, i.e., what did Williams say or do earlier to draw the "disrespected" charge from Lee?

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/22/10 - 03:21 pm
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I'd expect to see this

I'd expect to see this exchange in a school yard.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/22/10 - 03:26 pm
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Peach pundit has more

Peach pundit has more details, AP left some stuff out. Unfortunate situation.

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