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NAACP wants Williams off Warner Robins City Council
by Paul Rea
Oct 20, 2010 | 2923 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The president of the Houston County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has asked that Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams resign his post in light of comments directed at fellow Councilman Daron Lee.

During Monday's city council meeting an exchange between Lee and Williams turned racial. Lee said “ I am not going to have you talk to me any old way like I'm working in a cotton field.” To which Williams replied “you should be.”

After this comment was made Lee excused himself from the meeting but later returned.

The letter from NAACP President Larry Holmes, addressed to Mayor Chuck Shaheen and City Councilmen, requests that government leaders “humble themselves, and pray; turn from their wicked ways of name calling”.

Holmes goes on to say, "We believe public officials who are elected by the people are to serve ALL the people without regards to color, race, or religion and are mandated to do so. Council members with problems of being touched by blacks and wishing them back into "cotton fields" have no business serving on city council. We believe this Councilman would serve the city of Warner Robins better by resigning his position.”

When reached by phone this afternoon Councilman Williams said he had not seen the letter and when asked if he plans to resign his response was immediate and emphatic “I will not!.” He went on to say that he would like to meet with Mr. Lee, shake hands and put the whole thing behind them.

Watch for more on this story on Newsnight on the Patriot, 6-8 pm on WRWR-TV 38.
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Wicket
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January 22, 2014
Mr. Williams should resign. He is a pathetic bigot and does not deserve a place on the council. He needs to understand that THIS IS NOT 1950.
upset voter
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January 22, 2014
Mayor Shaheen has told everyone in Warner Robins that Councilman Williams has done nothing wrong by not condemning him for his behavior. Mayor Shaheen you are guilty of hurting race relations and are a terrible mayor for not even trying to fix this situation.I can hardly wait for the next election.
conservative man
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January 22, 2014
I am a White person and think Mr. Williams should be removed from office.

Look at all this man has done just in the last couple of weeks. The comment to Councilman Daron Lee was wrong but he also lied to a Patriot reporter, Pulled a gun on a tenant.All this in less than a month.

Mayor Shaheen, please do the right thing and ask this man to resign, for the good of our City.
your mother
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January 22, 2014
Williams has got to go. He has become an embarasment to the city and the citizens of Warner Robins. If he is not pointing a gun at someone he is saying something ignorant or trying to frame a homeless woman for a crime.

I wonder why the acting DA has failed in his duty to indict Mr. Williams. Could it be politics?

Mr. Shaheen needs to start acting like a mayor and request that Williams be removed. But that would mean losing his only ally in office so that won't happen. I guess we will continue to be laughed at.
Freedom watcher
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January 22, 2014
The NAACP has no business demanding the resignation of anyone on the city council and has far overstepped it's mandate.  I do not condone Mr. Williams behavior.  It is not fitting an elected official to behave in such a manner.  However,  it is for his constituents to decide if he should be removed.  It is not the place of the NAACP to insinuate itself into a childish spat between two grown men or to tell the mayor or the council what to do.