Henri Brooks Constituents Speak About Her Racial Comments

(Memphis) Residents in Commissioner Henri Brooks' district are fired up about her racially charged comments at a commissioners' meeting.

During the meeting, Brooks said the struggles of the Hispanic community cannot compare to the struggles of African Americans.

In her district, District 2, everyone seems to be talking about Brooks and has opinions about the heated comments she made earlier this week.

"Her politics are her politics, but as far as her opinion...It's kind of hard to separate the two, be we have to!" one man said.

Others, like Justin Davis, said her comments crossed the line.

"That is really racist... I strongly disagree with what she said."

Thursday, Brooks posted a statement on Facebook saying, in part, "Regarding my exchange with Mr. Pablo Pereyra during a county commission meeting, I stand by my comments, which are historically correct.'

Some agree, saying she is entitled to her opinion.

"We've been here the whole time, and this is the South," one African American man said. "It's where the slave trade was on Main Street. So, I have to agree with her opinion."

Others feel her comments are racist and damaging to race relations in Memphis.

"We all bleed the same!" Davis said.

A Hispanic man, Jose Barcenes, added, "I've stayed here in America for a long time, and everything is ok. Sometimes there are many problems, but not exactly with me. "

Brooks is running for Juvenile Court Clerk. One of her backers, Attorney Van Turner, said some good has come out of her statements.

"We should benefit and grow from the dialogue that's being generated," he said.

Turner said he will stand behind Brooks.

"I still do support her candidacy, although it's unfortunate what has occurred. I wish it had not occurred, but overall, I think she's done more good."

However, others said Brooks has lost their vote.

WREG did reach out to Commissioner Brooks. She said she would return our calls and speak to us, but she never did.


  • whitesRdevilsanhypicrites

    ngor1 does it make you uncomfortable a negro refuses to be the bootlucker you whites crave? Does it make you uncomfortable a negro despises anyone who despises him ESPECIALLY whites and you cant disprove even one rhing I have said so you result to personal attacks? Your ttacks on my ppl are defended with your same tactics now you whine?

  • whitesRdevilsanhypicrites

    May 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm
    I see you whites the very ones who invented racism and barbarism, colonialism, theft,and hypocrisy who exploit Asian,Negro,Latino, and native ppl have the nerve to lecture a colored person for saying our struggles are different are truly childern of satan. You dont give a hoot about latinos. You just want to make sure you can break the law and use them

  • whitesRdevilsanhypicrites

    May 16, 2014 at 3:26 am
    I ask again oh wicked white son of Japeath! Please disprove with facts even one thing I have stated. I am one negro free of your brainwashing White built usa you say? U lazy bums couldn’t even do the work. Your wealth is the results of free labor and theft and you KNOW it.

  • Chuck

    All I see by reading these comments, this city is full of racist of all colors and backgrounds. We, as a city, can never move past the shadow of bigotry until we learn to live together.

  • mark

    It’s unfortunate that so many of the comments on the vile spewed by Henri Brooks here are themselves an embarrassment to our city. Folks, obviously there are racists of all colors, but we need to rise above the venomous language and try to find things we have in common with our neighbors.

  • Hard Truths

    I hope the Democratic Party Executive Committee takes her off their ticket.

    Henri Brooks can run as an independent Black Nationalist/Black Supremacist candidate.

    She has done MASSIVE damage to our ticket with her unconscionable, idiotic comments. She is what you see she is. A big ot.

  • Jon-Jon

    First and foremost, in America and Memphis inparticular, white people are the only ones who can be racist. Blacks, Hispanics, and orientials can be predjudice or bias. Not Racist. Because the aforementioned group of people do not own and control any significant part of the what drives the economic system. Meaning businesses. Blacks have mom and pop restaurants, churches, barber shops, and a few others I mightn add. Their struggle cant be compared to ours, period . Now I will say this, if it wer not for some very good whites, blacks would still be enduring a much greater struggle. Plainly put green is at the root of the problem, and it does not matter what color you are.

  • disgustedblackwoman

    There is still racism on every side she is entitled to her opinion whites have had decades hundreds of years to say what they have to say, using dogs, fire hoses billyclubs the government read the making of a slave Willie Lynch its sickening Memphis has a long long way to go Lord knows if I could leave the South I would I’m not too fond of whites blacks Latinos Asians straight homosexuals state or church right now . Can anybody talk about Why the damned light bills are so high

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