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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - The media's treatment of Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks' controversial remarks weren't the only subject on the agenda at Friday's news conference hosted by the Memphis Rainbow/PUSH coalition and Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapters.

There was also a call for the ouster of radio talkshow host Andrew Clarksenior because of remarks he made as a political contributor FOX13 News.

Clarksenior decided confront his accusers head-on.

It's been a week where the proverbial "envelope" has been pushed to the limits and beyond over how and when free speech crosses over into.

"You cannot respond, not in this press conference. We're not talking to you," said Rev. LaSimba Gray, Memphis Rainbow/PUSH President.

But, though he was an uninvited guest, Clarksenior was not about to take no for an answer in temporarily upstaging a new conference meant to be in support of the embattled Commissioner Brooks.

"I am ashamed of you. You let me have the floor ... Yes, I do. Yes, I do. You are disgracing ... Because I have an opinion?"

Just moments before a verbal confrontation took place in an aisle at Cane Creek Baptist Church, Rev. Gray had taken to task remarks Clarksenior had made this week as a FOX13 News political contributor. The discussion centered on the topic of what could be done and who was responsible for the blighted conditions in a Raleigh neighborhood.

Here is exactly how the segment went as moderated by FOX13 News anchor Darrell Greene.

DG: But, Where do you go for answers? Because we look to these political leaders for answers.

AC: They can't give you any answers. They're going to get them elected. The people that are responsible for this are the bums that reside there. And the reason I  use that terminology, you can put a brand new unit there within five years it looks terrible because of the residents. They don't care. They act like animals! Now do I take pride in saying that? Heck, no! But, they're animals and that should be told."


Rev. Gray felt given the furor created over Commissioner Brooks' perceived racist remarks, by comparison Clarksenior's statement received little attention from the media.

"We call for a public apology and dismissal of Mr. Clarksenior from the airways of Memphis, Tenn.," Rev. Gray said.

That's why Clarksenior apparently decided to give his rebuttal in person.

"I at no time even said Blacks were animals," Clarksenior said.

"You did say it," Rev. Gray said.

"No sir, I did not," Clarksenior said.

There are some of us who do not have respect for themselves. There are some of us who act this way. After their brief tete-e-tete, Clarksenior sat down and the news conference resumed uninterrupted.

So, where were we?

FOX13 News contacted management at News Talk 98.9 WKIM-FM for comment on the call for Clarksenior's dismissal from the radio station. We were told they had no comment.


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