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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Multicultural Memphis and the 'achivements' of it's five term black Mayor

Left:Willie Wilbert Herenton (born April 23, 1940) Mayor of Memphis 1991 -2009.

In September 2009, Herenton drew controversy when he stated in a radio interview that Congressman Steve Cohen "really does not think very much of African-Americans" and that "[Cohen]’s played the black community well.”

In addition, Herenton's campaign manager Sidney Chism told the New York Times that the Memphis-area congressional seat Cohen holds "was set aside for people who look like me. It wasn't set aside for a Jew or a Christian. It was set aside so that blacks could have representation."

In his latter days in office, Herenton faced many criticisms from the citizens of Memphis for the following:

* Failing to ensure sound fiscal management of the City of Memphis

* Fraud allegations involving national money for the building of the FedEx Forum

* Failing to communicate effectively with the City Council [15]

* Failing to address multiple allegations of improprieties regarding Memphis Light Gas and Water

* Serving as the prime target and catalyst for the City Charter rewrite

* Angering citizens to the point of becoming a target of a (failed) citizen recall effort

* Calling for a halt to early voting due to alleged "irregularities". The Shelby County Election Commission stated that early voting would continue.

* Doing little in response to the significant rise in crime under his leadership; he stated that "No mayor in any American City can solve the crime problem."

* Appointing new leadership of the Memphis Public Library over the objections of the Tennessee Library Association.

He resigned from office on July 30, 2009.

Mayor Heretons Memphis.

Black/African American population: 61.1%

White/Caucasian population: 33.6% Memphis about

New mayor of Memphis

Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.


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