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Judge Joe Brown clarifies recent comments on demographics

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According to Brown, his message frequently gets twisted. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) According to Brown, his message frequently gets twisted. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - Monday night, former Judge Joe Brown answered tough questions surrounding comments he made that some are calling racially charged.

According to Brown, his message frequently gets twisted. He says he just wants fair and equal justice for everyone.

In a video posted to Facebook page for Democratic Candidate Joe Brown, Brown said the following while speaking at a candidate's forum:

"They're trying to confuse us because they don't want to be the new minority. We need to do them a favor and teach them how to be a good minority ... Their lowdown behavior that they've been guilty of for years has got to stop."

Brown told WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach that he was talking about changing demographics in Shelby County, where the old minority is the new majority.

"We got treated pretty badly. We're now the majority, and we need not treat the new minority as badly as we were treated. There must be equality, justice and fairness in this county," said Brown. "You people in the media are causing this county to be racially polarized."

The former TV judge and former Shelby County criminal court judge is running for Shelby County District Attorney against the Republican incumbent Amy Weirich.

"It's kind of incomprehensible. I'm not sure what he was trying," said voter Mike Lacy.

Wierich's campaign Chairman sent the statement to WMC:

"Joe Brown seems willing to say just about anything ... no matter how false, delusional, divisive or indecent it might be. Making up lies and playing the race card should not be a campaign strategy. Our community deserves better than such awful tactics and rhetoric ... and the voters will have a chance to make that loud and clear on election day."

Early voting begins Friday, and the election is August 7.

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