Really? Has it come to this? Highlights below and thanks to BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

Blacks in the small, Mississippi Delta city of Greenwood are seething over a white city councilman’s e-mail that referred to a black political leader, who is highly respected statewide, as an “ole nigger.”
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Since Sunday, when the e-mail — exposed by one of the 15 whites who received it — and its subsequent furor began attracting statewide national media attention, Greenwood and Leflore County, where it sits, has been bombarded by reactions in the city’s newspapers and its talk radio stations.

The e-mail, which Jordan said “is shocking,” was sent early last week by John Lee, one of the city’s two white Republican councilmen. Since then, Lee has increasingly been scorned and heaped with disdain and contempt by the vast majority of Greenwood’s African-American population, according to several residents who asked for anonymity before speaking with BlackAmericaWeb.com. Many blacks are also believed to hold an equal amount of contempt for the other white councilman, John Jennings, who continues to defend the embattled Lee.

In his e-mail, Lee alleged that he “had a long talk after the city council meeting … with David Jordan. The ole nigger can’t understand why the black’s (sic) continue to shoot one another. I told him he needed to spend less time with the old people at the Voters League and more time with the young people about getting an education.”

Lee’s e-mail erroneously claims that Jordan missed an opportunity to help a “big black” who asked him for employment. In fact, according to an outraged Jordan, he had previously employed the young man during several election cycles.

The young man, Lee claimed, told Jordan that he is a rapper. “I told David he missed his chance. He should have told that black boy he should be in school getting his education in order to have a future.” Jordan said the “black boy” is a 28-year-old man.”

An outraged Jordan, who is also president of the Greenwood Voters League, the political engine which has propelled blacks to growing representation and power since the 1960s, told BlackAmericaWeb.com that “Lee’s lying and fabricated a story” which has no factual foundation.

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