Black Community Leaders Denounce Councilwoman's Racial Remarks - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

9/29/04-Longview

Black Community Leaders Denounce Councilwoman's Racial Remarks

"It is a sad day in our city." Those were the words used by black community leaders in Longview today. They were speaking out about the racial slurs in Karen Hailey's e-mails.

More than a dozen black ministers and community leaders filed into the Mt. Olive Baptist Church late this afternoon. Among them, Sydney Willis and Daryl Williams, two city council members Hailey refers to in her writings.

After an hour and a half of meeting privately, the group emerged with a brief statement. They denounced Hailey's racial slurs but stopped short of calling for her resignation.

"We have come to this point and allowed city officials to make racial slurs concerning the elected officials that are from our district. I think that something must be done," says the pastor of Red Oak Baptist church H. C Rockmore.

"We will not sit quiet and idly by as this racial volcano is on the verge of erupting," says Gregg county commissioner Danny Craig.

The black community leaders will request the e-mails of all city council members. They also say they want to know why it took seven months for the e-mails to be released.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Two people confirmed dead after fatal wreck on Highway 11

    Two people confirmed dead after fatal wreck on Highway 11

    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:53:03 GMT

    One person was killed in a fatal crash in Hopkins County Saturday morning.

    More >>

    One person was killed in a fatal crash in Hopkins County Saturday morning.

    More >>
  • Dakar Burkes Memorial Car Show held in Louisiana

    Dakar Burkes Memorial Car Show held in Louisiana

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-05-20 02:01:04 GMT
    The roar of high power engines and vintage classic automobiles were on display in one East Texas city, in an annual tribute to a young man, who was a homicide victim, who loved cars. The 9th annual Dakar Burkes memorial car show was held in Lakeport. Racers came in from thunder road Louisiana, as well as collectors from all over the state, to be part of the memorial car show. "They called us, invited us to this event, the cars behind us they run at that track so we brought the...More >>
    The roar of high power engines and vintage classic automobiles were on display in one East Texas city, in an annual tribute to a young man, who was a homicide victim, who loved cars. The 9th annual Dakar Burkes memorial car show was held in Lakeport. Racers came in from thunder road Louisiana, as well as collectors from all over the state, to be part of the memorial car show. "They called us, invited us to this event, the cars behind us they run at that track so we brought the...More >>
  • No injuries in late night Smith County house fire

    No injuries in late night Smith County house fire

    Saturday, May 19 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-05-19 22:59:31 GMT
    (Source: KLTV News Staff)(Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Several fire departments are on scene where a large fire is burning near the toll road.

    More >>

    Several fire departments are on scene where a large fire is burning near the toll road.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly