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Commissioner has no regrets regarding controversial racial comments

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Brooks says comments she made at a May 12 meeting were misconstrued. Brooks says comments she made at a May 12 meeting were misconstrued.
Commissioner Chris Thomas is calling for an apology for that and other comments, but Brooks said she did nothing wrong. Commissioner Chris Thomas is calling for an apology for that and other comments, but Brooks said she did nothing wrong.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - No apologies and no regrets are coming from Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks following her racial rant last week.

Commissioner Chris Thomas is calling for an apology for that and other comments, but Brooks said she did nothing wrong.

"You all are making it out to be more than it is," she said.

Brooks says comments she made at a May 12 meeting were misconstrued.

"Excuse me. Are you over there mouthing something? You with the sheet on," she was recorded saying.

Those words were directed at Commissioner Thomas.

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

"The sheet was a reference to a coverup. I think there's a lot going on with that [county contract] so we really do need to look at it before we move that piece," said Brooks.

During the May 12 meeting, Thomas supported B Four Plied, Inc. to get a $1.7 million roofing contract with 25 Hispanic roofers.

Brooks felt African-Americans should be among the contractor's minority employees, and then she said this to him:

"You asked to come here, we [African-Americans] did not."

She also told him he could not compare the Hispanic experience to the African-American experience.

"I did not treat him in an offensive manner. It was not my intent," said Brooks.

Brooks said she has no regrets.

"Because what I said was factually correct, historically correct," she said.

Some commissioners have thrown around the word censure, but no one has filed a formal resolution to censure Brooks.

"Whether that's censure or asking for her resignation. I have not heard from her and from what she just said, she doesn't feel she needs to give an apology," said Thomas.

If a lawmaker is censured, none of their votes count and he or she becomes a lame duck.

"I heard that and they can talk about whatever they want to talk about," said Brooks.

In the end, Brooks said minority participation in county contracts does not have to be African-American.

Thomas said he is praying for her to realize her words were hateful.

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