Growing racial tensions on the Warner Robins city council has officials worried that the cities reputation could be tarnished. This week a white councilman, John Williams, told a black councilman, Daron Lee, that that he should be working in a cotton field. The Anti Defamation league is calling on Williams to apologize not just to Lee, but to the citizens of Warner Robins.
Strife among council members had been going on for weeks. In September Governor Perdue tried to intervene by sending a letter warning the council that their behavior could damage the cities good name. Business week recently had called the city the “best place to raise children.”
Perdue Spokeman Bert Brantley says, “Most Everybody, the governor included being from his hometown, there, he just wants to see good governance. He just wants to see stories in the paper about how well the city is run instead of bickering and arguing. Hopefully this will start heading in the right direction.”
State officials have offered the Warner Robbins city council help from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute to mediate and solve the problems.