Henri Brooks not sorry about racially charged comments

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(Memphis) We asked Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks, "Would you have said or done anything differently that day?"

She replied, "You want to be specific? Let me just say to you, sir, because you are young and I am an old school teacher -- No.  Because what I said was factually correct, historically correct."

It is a new week, but Commissioner Brooks has the same mindset.

"You asked to come here. You asked to come here. We did not," Brooks said last Monday.

The controversial comments caused an uproar in the county commission meeting last week and landed Brooks in the hot seat.

"Don't ever let that come out of your mouth again. That only hurts your case.  Don't compare the two. They're not comparable," she said last week.

Brooks showed up to Wednesday's meeting about an hour late, but she was as feisty as ever when she arrived.

"I'm going to say this and then I'm going to be done," Brooks said to media.  "So hear me."

WREG heard Brooks loud and clear.

"I corrected him.  Period," she said.

Brooks stood by her statement that businesses need to hire more black people.

She also wanted to clarify comments she made about fellow commissioner Chris Thomas wearing a "white sheet."

"With her talking to me about wearing a white sheet and linking me to the KKK was reprehensible," Thomas said.

"The sheet was in reference to a cover up.  I think there's a lot going on with that," Brooks responded.

Whatever Commissioner Brooks claimed she meant, her words stung for some people.

However, Brooks told WREG she is not apologizing for her comments.


      • thehood

        Big Jack, you are not even wanted in Africa. They would make you Muslim, and a drone would take you out.

    • Jimmy

      If you are not an African American, Ms. Brooks cares nothing about you. That’s ok. I will help to make sure that she loses her race for court clerk. Non blacks should rally for Ms. Toulipano. We don’t need a racist heading the juvenile court clerk position. And for the record Henri. Blacks are the majority in Memphis and you paid way too much for your wig.

  • midtown mike

    It’s pathetic to see someone on the commission who has so much hate in her soul.

    This woman needs help.


      no, someone who thinks like you needs help. speaking truth is the only thing she’s guilty of.

      • 1midtownmike

        Commissioner Brooks has made it clear that she represents blacks and blacks only. She could care less about the constituents in her district that come from a different ethnic background. Her racist remarks confirmed that. The damage has been done. This woman clearly needs help.

      • thehood

        Donald Sterling spoke the truth also, his biggest mistake was to to trust that black woman.

      • ActualEducatedHistorian

        What truth? That most African-Americans were sold into slavery by rival tribal leaders? That if it wasn’t for good African-American and Caucasian, slavery would still be alive and well here in the U.S.? That to this day slavery still exist, most prominently in China? Chinese gang lords are selling thousands of Chinese women and children into slavery, why doesn’t she speak for them? Or, maybe she meant that slavery has existed throughout the history of mankind, and that the people who have been enslaved the most over the past 10,000 years have been Caucasian? Because all of that IS fact. It IS the truth. But I do not expect her to know that, teacher or not, because she is a product of the Memphis educational system. We should pity her for her misinformation. It is actually quite embarrassing.

        People need to shed the hate. All it does is corrupt your soul and leaves you in empty bitterness. The only way we can get to the future is together. Hate is a condition of the weak, fearful. and under education.

      • Elle

        I don’t believe you would marginalize the holocaust in this way. Even though it only lasted 4 years and it occurred on another continent.

        Enslaving another race is not a necessary evil. That’s your whiteness attempting to rationalize evil doings. Plus, Africans were not selling other Africans into lynchings, rapes, torture, forced breeding and manual labor, and institutionalized racism that still permeates. Stop with the whole “get over slavery” thing. “Jews” use the race card more than any other group. Apply the same “logic” to them.

  • Realist

    I still don’t understand why she’s here; I’m sure she can catch a flight, a boat, or go for a long swim (please, do) back to Africa whenever she pleases since she didn’t ask to come here. The fact that she faces no trouble over her comments beyond being repeatedly questioned about them is ridiculous. If a white person in her position were to say such racially charged things people would be asking for their head on a platter. Insanity…

    • Jack

      You are not “real”. Your reality is in the Twilight Zone. She is speaking historically (duhh). We were born here, on this land. We are not going anywhere. You take the big trip. And start to see what your european brothers are doing to one another (Ukraine). See how your poor rob and steal and kill each other. Come on, you all are not that unenlightened. Play dumb all you want. All people of every kind react to the condition they are in. And I am sure you recognize that your people’s condition is going down too. So we’ll see you at the bottom. You don’t have the smarts to confront the real “elitists” (wealthy, politicians, corporations) who pit you struggling white against the struggling blacks. You hold on to the gamblers hope that you too will one day be one of those elites and also become far removed from that previous condition. But that doesn’t happen enough in real life. Its just a dream. And will you all get off this apology thing. Take it from a Black Man that hears apologies for racial comments all the time, an empty apology means nothing. You can keep that sh*t.

  • Chuck Ransdell

    That’s typical. Black racist in position of authority can say anything with complete impunity in public. Refuses to apologize. If a white person had said anything even close to her hate-filled invective, we would have the NAACP, Jackson, Sharpton and all the other race-baiters on the case.

  • BBKing

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.

    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of North American blacks into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self-improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.

    Presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Gary Ind., Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis TN, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let’s not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world!

  • Anacleto Montanez

    For the roofing job she will need men with two hands available. A roofing company can’t hire a man holding his pants with one hand and working with the other. Also he must be willing to work, sweat and get dirty. Raise your hand if you want the job.

    • Jack

      I hear you Anacleto. I don’t go for those hanging pants either. It is a sign of disrespect of yourself. And before you can truly respect others you have to respect yourself. But do not fall into the trap baited to pit the Blacks against the Hispanics or Mexicans. This is an economic issue not an ethnic issue. All underpaid, economically exploited people are in the same boat. Divide poor people and keep them crabbing one another at the bottom looking up. We’ve been there Jack, you are just learning. And learn this today, Black people are the masters of work, sweat, and dirty. That is our history in this nation which maintained a poor class of people by color. You are working for low wages, our history is of working for slave wages (nothing). We’ve proven that we are the strongest, toughest, longest working men on earth.
      Just wait until you ask for a raise in pay to support your family, or improved and safer working conditions. Then you will get your reality check. I do not condone the attitude of not wanting to work for non subsistence wages (anything is better than nothing) but I do understand the desire of any man to want liveable wages. And two or three low paying jobs will kill you early. But the time will come when you will resist and then face the fire. Right now you are accepting what you are offered and don’t say anything. Just wait until you start competing for their jobs and reality sets in.

  • dickgosinya1

    She’ll get elected because in the hood rat psyche, she be getting over on the white man

  • mr matt

    she tries to belittle the interviewer, the goofy wig, deflects her sheet comment this lady is a nut job and for that she will win in this city full of nut jobs

  • Joe

    falling over laughing…..gee Henri……is that the best you could come up with? “the “white” sheet was a reference to a cover up?

    Please….Do you think we are as ignorant as you are?

    You stepped in it councilwoman….and now you are trying to brashly and brassily talk your way out of it

    You are without a doubt the most disrespectful, unintelligent, rude and nasty council member in recent history.

    You will be gone…..and good riddance.

  • smith

    I guess its OK to be a racist, now! Anybody with MS Brooks intelligent acting like this means we can all do it. Thanks Brooks.

  • Elle

    I love reading what white Memphians really think of blacks. Of course, I already know. Most are either too ignorant or cowardly to know or admit they’re racist. Get over the Obama thing, white people. He’s only half black and way more whites voted for him than black Americans anyway. Your disdain for blacks is misguided. I know it hurts having to eat the lies you told your little white children. You know, that an “n-word” would never be president. Obama has done nothing to change the true status quo so your beloved country is still controlled by whites. And I wasn’t aware Mrs. Brooks was from Africa. I mean, commenters keeps telling her to go back. Shows how behind the times Memphis is. No one uses that insult anymore. Typical closet bigoted white Memphians.

    This whole “reverse racism” nonsense is B-S as well. White Americans aren’t under attack by anyone. Your drug addicted, ghetto-wannabe, self absorbed, twerking teenagers are the result of poor parenting, not having a half black president. And no group promotes the homosexual agenda more than white Americans so you cannot blame black Americans for that.

    Wake up, black Memphis. Stop longing to be embraced by a people that care nothing for you. Nothing has changed much. Most of them share Donald Sterling’s beliefs.

    • Jack

      Thank you Ms. Elle. The truth is the light. And there is reason that Memphis is so “dark”. Are you whites sorry yet that your ancestors created racism in America? Or are you still deluded into thinking that Blacks are the cause of it? We’ve always known that we are reacting to the racist conditions which is one of the foundations of this country. And can a nation survive with racism as one of its major means of support? I am not sure anymore. What I am seeing in America are groups arming themselves, segregating themselves, setting up perimeters. You hate government now because it does not do everything you want and you don’t control it totally. It appears that you are trying to dismantle it. But know this, if the USA every splits it will never come together again. It will become just like your fatherland europe, multiple nations and governments, always disputing boarders, fighting for any reason, constant strife, and always the potential for war. That is what this land will become if you don’t get a brain.

  • Elle

    Black Memphis, don’t be smeared by white Memphians. The “reverse racism” card is a farce. Calling out blatant racism does not make blacks racist. Turning a blind eye to blatant racism and inequalities makes you racist. No one cares about the white guilt. GET OVER IT! And stop calling black Americans “African Americans”. You whites constantly insult blacks with your little code words. “African American” implies that blacks are foreign and are not true Americans. We should start calling whites folks “European Americans”.

    • Aries

      Ms Elle – What you just said was the stupidest most moronic thing anyone has ever said, ever. At no point was there even a hint of rational cogent thought. Everyone who reads your posts are stupider for having done so. You can call me “American”, and you can thank your white liberal democrat slave masters and the NAACP for the term “African American.” Life’s hard, it’s even harder when you’re stupid.

      • Elle

        I’m aware of the word’s origin. The point was it’s being used as an insult here. Nothing moronic or stupid about my statement. To be more precise, I believe it was Jesse Jackson who had something to do with coining the phrase. And your racism shines through when you assume all blacks are liberals. Like I stated before, typical closet racist white Memphian speaking in code.

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