Without the sufficient 2/3 of the vote to override Mayor Willis's veto of a censure of St. Columbia for the first email that said Helena-West Helena officials were "monkeys" running the zoo, Alderman Marvin Jarrett passed out to the largely elderly, white crown out in support of St. Columbia the two emails that had surfaced since the last meeting.
One has been dubbed "the black welfare queen" email. It has a picture of a single black mother and her children with a caption that says, "They sure know how to game the system." The other says, "In Honor of Black History Month" and depicts two thuggish looking black males with no shirt, unkept hair, sagging pants, and gestures resembling gang signs while saying, "It's not our fault we can't get jobs, it's the white man holding us back."
St. Columbia defiantly told the City Council that "he is not a racist. I have black friends." He went on to say to Jarrett, "I am not going to discuss this every meeting. I have said all I am going to say about this." St. Columbia made it clear that he intends to remain in office and refuses to apologize. Mayor Willis has said he shouldn't apologize and has called St. Columbia, "one of the most respected leaders in this community."
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