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Shaheen Says He'll Talk to Council About 'Respect'


Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen says he'll speak to council members about showing respect for each other.

His statement came after two council members -- Deron Lee and John Williams -- went on CNN to debate Williams' alleged racial comment during Monday night's meeting.

Shaheen's statement says he didn't hear the details of that exchange.


During the meeting, Lee complained about being disrespected by fellow council members and said, "I'm not working in a cotton field."

Wiliams replied, "You should be."

That came two weeks after another council member reportedly called Lee "boy."

On Wednesday, the Houston County NAACP called on Williams to resign, and on Thursday, Lee and Williams went on CNN to debate the conflict at city hall.

Not long after they appeared, Shaheen faxed this statement to 13WMAZ:

"As mayor of Warner Robins, 'The International City,' I plan to address each council member about showing respect to one another. I did not hear the conversation between Councilmen Lee and Williams, but could tell that it was heated. Several years ago, when I crossed the bridge in Selma, Alabama where Martin Luther King had marched, that bridge symbolized the building of bridges and the breaking down of walls. Fifty years later, we need to continue building bridges and tearing down walls of disrespect in any manner.

"My family moved here in 1964. Being raised a Lebanese Catholic in Warner Robins, my family taught me that there is not a black race or a white race, just a human race. I have never felt discriminated against; even if I had, those actions would not define who I am today. My biggest task is to move this city forward as a team, and together we will overcome diversity, economic status and ethnicity. 'Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.' Martin Luther King."





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