Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Racist Representation

Every white person in Shelby county has a right to be upset that Henri Brooks holds a seat on the county commission. She is black and just that, and makes no bones about her bias. Thank God she has no more power than she does, it would be dangerous around here. Even though I'm black, she would probably consider me the enemy too. I heard her make some statements today, that would have got a Republican kicked from office. I don't want to say a lot about her, I have nothing good to say. I've always been told "if you can't say something good, don't say anything at all."

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you 100 percent. I heard her yesterday, too. She's pitiful. People like her give all Blacks a bad name.

A relative of mine told me several years back when her mother needed home health care, she only wanted a Black nurse to come to the house. They sent a White nurse once and she wouldn't even acknowledge her. If someone had treated her that way, she'd cry racism.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has built a career off of race baiting. She didn't tell the real reason she hasn't been back down to Jenning's studio. Since Burrell starting coming on Wednesday. Somebody might remember she was part of the original "Black Farmers" who made away with their $100 retainers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Site of Kwanzaa party questioned
Brooks defends using commission chambers for her annual event
By Alex Doniach (Contact)
Thursday, December 20, 2007

County Commissioner Henri Brooks has hosted a night of Kwanzaa each year for the last 12. But this year's celebration -- to be held in the County Commission chambers Dec. 26 -- attracted a little more attention than usual.

After an invitation to the event was sent out to Shelby County employees Wednesday, an e-mail war erupted, with some employees decrying the use of government property for the cultural ceremony.



"I AM SORRY BUT WHY ARE WE SPONSORING A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY FOR ONE GROUP NOT CHRISTMAS AND HANNUKAH? (sic) I DO NOT THINK THIS IS APPROPRIATE!!!!!" wrote Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas in a mass e-mail to county employees Wednesday morning.

It was followed by a flurry of responses ranging from support of Kwanzaa, to general declarations lauding Jesus.

"Amen, Chris. Thanks for asking about the equal consideration," wrote county employee Paul Houston.

But Brooks, who also celebrates Christmas, said Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday.

"I just find it quite appalling that individuals who supposedly are educated elected officials would be so ignorant about a cultural celebration," she said.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day event honoring black and African heritage. Each night is dedicated to different principles, including unity, self-determination and faith. The local celebration is sponsored by Kwanzaa International Inc.

In the past, Brooks has hosted the first night at the Pink Palace but decided to switch venues this year. She signed up to use the County Commission's chambers at 160 N. Main.

And while religious symbols, such as Nativity scenes or the Ten Commandments, aren't allowed on county property, holiday parties and luncheons that aren't linked to specific religions have been allowed in the past.

"My understanding is that Kwanzaa is not a religion or a religious movement," said County Atty. Brian Kuhn.

But this didn't stop the impassioned e-mail thread Wednesday that wound up wearing out a few batteries on employees' BlackBerrys.

It even solicited warnings from the county's IT department about the proper use of government e-mail.

Thomas said he supports the Kwanzaa celebration, but objects to the use of county e-mail to advertise it and to the use of government property to host it.

Authorization to send out the e-mail for the event came from Gwendolyn McClain, Shelby County spokeswoman.

Thomas also pointed out that while Kwanzaa may not be classified as a religious holiday, descriptions of the event include words like "spiritual," "creator" and "faith."

"I have no problem with people celebrating Kwanzaa, but the county attorney says we can't have a Christmas celebration about Christ's birth," Thomas said. "To me, either allow any religious group to use county property when it's not being used, or don't allow anybody."

The event will take place as planned, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26 in commission chambers. It's free and open to the public.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is quite devisive to be a County Commissioner. I heard someone call her Henri "don't pledge allegiance" Brooks. LOL

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