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Rep. Brown Protests Councilman Remarks Deemed Racist

State Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, said Friday that Councilman Manny Rico should immediately step down after making what she perceived to be racial remarks in a City Council meeting, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
“His comments and his behavior, I was just appalled,” Brown said. “I can’t forget that. I won’t ever forget that.”
Rico said he was expressing his freedom of speech and has no intentions of stepping down.
“Do I get in trouble for speaking the truth for what I feel?” he said Friday.
The controversy started Tuesday night during the City Council’s Legal and Legislative Committee meeting discussion about redistricting. Several council members expressed disappointment in a redistricting plan Brown and other community leaders supported.
Rico abruptly told the audience he felt there were racial overtones in the community group’s presentation. He said he is sick, tired and resentful of racial suggestions and comments.
As a Hispanic, Rico said he has worked hard to earn what he owns.
“White people have been more fair to me than anyone else,” he said. “White people have bent over backward to make right what’s wrong.”