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Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors
Memphis Commerical Appeal ^ | 3 18 06

Posted on 03/18/2006 1:10:29 AM PST by gg188

Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors

No special requests made on care for daughters, says Med

By Pamela Perkins
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March 18, 2006

Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. and officials at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis held a press conference Friday to dispel rumors -- rampant in local broadcast media -- accusing him of requesting racially motivated changes in the staff members caring for his two daughters.

"My blood pressure went up 50 points" upon learning of the rumor, Williams said. "I challenge you to interview anyone in this hospital about what they think about Randall Hank Williams Jr. and what he thinks about folks."

Holly Williams, 25, and Hilary Williams, 27, are recovering at The Med from injuries received after their car flipped over several times late Wednesday on U.S. 61 just north of Dundee, Miss., in Tunica County. They were en route to their grandfather's funeral in Louisiana.

Dr. Tim Fabian, chief of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, said Holly suffered a fractured wrist and multiple contusions and should soon be released.

Hilary is in critical condition having suffered right-hip, left-femur and right-ankle fractures and torn intestines. She has had two surgeries so far with more planned.

"We received no instructions from the Williams family as to who should care for (his daughters)," said Med president and CEO Dr. Bruce Steinhauer.

Theresa D. Alexander, a black trauma unit nurse assigned to care for his daughters, said the rumor could have begun internally after a change from a black staff member to a white one.

Alexander, a 20-year veteran of the unit, and hospital officials said staff changes are common and usually based on experience.

Williams said Holly "is recovering quite well" and could soon be released, but Hilary had life-threatening injuries.

"I've been upstairs with her this morning and she is doing well."

With a quaking voice, he said two black women found his daughters lying on the side of the road and one of them began praying over Hilary.

"The most important thing to me is my crushed and broken daughter upstairs," he said.

"It's been a long two days."

-- Pamela Perkins: 529-6514

Copyright 2006, commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN. All Rights Reserved.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; hankwilliamsjr

1 posted on 03/18/2006 1:10:33 AM PST by gg188
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To: gg188

Of course some idiot has to play the f'ing race card.


2 posted on 03/18/2006 1:13:44 AM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned.)
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To: kb2614
A caller to a local black station made the charge that Williams demanded the hospital have all-white nurses and other personnel around his daughter. Conservative talk show host on the local news-talk station played the tape of the call.

Hank Jr. said in his interview, and I paraphrase: My daddy was taught to play guitar by a black man, Rufus Payne. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even be standing here.

3 posted on 03/18/2006 1:17:34 AM PST by gg188
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To: gg188
I see an all too common tendency to judge people we have never met on the basis of a rumor. That is lashon hara. We must learn to give people the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. There may be things we don't know about that lead them to act in ways of which we disapprove. So let's hear out a person before we judge them. Hank Williams and his family deserved better.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 03/18/2006 1:20:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kb2614
Williams also noted that it was two black women---he called them by name---who comforted his daughters as they lay in the median of the highway awaiting help after the crash. He choked up describing one of the women praying over his apparently dying daughter.

Williams also said the care at the hospital had been excellent, and how grateful he was to everyone there. Real class act in the face of the tragedy combined with charges of racism.

5 posted on 03/18/2006 1:20:49 AM PST by gg188
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To: goldstategop

Supposedly the host on the black radio station said, with great dry wit, that the charges were unfounded and unfair, that most blacks weren't going to believe it, and that it wouldn't hurt Hank Jr.'s record sales in the black community.


6 posted on 03/18/2006 1:24:14 AM PST by gg188
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To: gg188

Not surprizing that a great pro American is savaged by leftist groups. He is an honorable person and should not have to put up with this crap especially at this time of intense emotional grieving.


7 posted on 03/18/2006 1:25:18 AM PST by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA))))
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To: gg188

Bocephus is a Good Ol' Boy, certainly. And he's a Good American and certainly no racist.

Chin Up, Randall Hank Williams Jr: country folk can survive.

Long time fan from DownUnder(NZ)
"DieHard the Hunter"


8 posted on 03/18/2006 1:50:03 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Oh yeah. It goes without saying, Bocephus. Prayers are most certainly going up for your daughters, for you and your family, from DownUnder.

And thankyou for the music, mate!


9 posted on 03/18/2006 1:54:56 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: gg188

Prayers up for your daughters, Hank......your entire family. God bless you.


10 posted on 03/18/2006 2:01:25 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: gg188

Hank JR has done a lot of questionable things in his life but I would say being a racist is likely not among them. Another possibility is another patients family making the call out of spite thinking they were getting prefered treatment in the way of testing etc. I doubt anyone believed the rumor to start with. Politics may have had something to do with it to. There's just no telling.


11 posted on 03/18/2006 2:19:13 AM PST by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: gg188
Theresa D. Alexander, a black trauma unit nurse assigned to care for his daughters, said the rumor could have begun internally after a change from a black staff member to a white one. Alexander, a 20-year veteran of the unit, and hospital officials said staff changes are common and usually based on experience.

This is pure speculation, but might the replaced staff member have jumped to the wrong conclusion as to why he/she was replaced, and then told someone else, who called the radio station?

12 posted on 03/18/2006 2:52:06 AM PST by Ichneumon
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To: gg188

BTTT for a great musician.

I'll be praying for his daughter's recovery.


13 posted on 03/18/2006 3:04:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (Welcome to my nightmare. It takes some getting used to!)
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To: gg188

Prayers for Holly and Hilary Williams.


14 posted on 03/18/2006 3:17:44 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tax-chick

I may be wrong, but my guess is that the accident was made worse by lack of proper seat belt use, since they were found "lying by the side of the road". If that was the case, I wish Hank would, after the daughters get out of the hospital, take the opportunity to say a few words to his fans encouraging them to buckle up. Unfortunately here in the rural south, we read every day about people being thrown out of vehicles, often with fatal results. On the other hand, a friend of ours went to sleep, rolled her car, and was walking around normally the next day because she was wearing her belt.


15 posted on 03/18/2006 3:29:53 AM PST by 19th LA Inf
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To: gg188

What an absolute disgrace for anyone to spread such lies, that is just disgusting.


16 posted on 03/18/2006 3:37:57 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: 19th LA Inf

Excellent point, and I suspect you're right. In our local newspaper, accident reports with fatalities or serious injury almost always include, "None of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt."


17 posted on 03/18/2006 3:50:33 AM PST by Tax-chick (Welcome to my nightmare. It takes some getting used to!)
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To: goldstategop
No one is judging the Williams family, except that fool of a woman that called in to WDIA and made this racist and just downright inflammatory statement.

If the radio station has caller ID, she should be prosecuted for trying to incite.

This is what we have to live with in Memphis everyday, and it really gets old.
18 posted on 03/18/2006 4:07:21 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: zip

No one should have to put up with such crap!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 03/18/2006 4:08:35 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Ichneumon
Rampant reverse racism goes on here every day.!!!!!!!!!
20 posted on 03/18/2006 4:13:07 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: 19th LA Inf
Just last week, during the horrible storms that was in the Memphis area, a woman that was belted in hydroplaned and was ejected from her vehicle and killed.
21 posted on 03/18/2006 4:15:26 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: 19th LA Inf

My dad installed seat belts in our car in 1956. In those days you had to put them in yourself. It wasn't easy, you had to drill holes in the floor and bolt them in, crawl under the car to install the nuts.

I feel uncomfortable driving without a seat belt.

I've got a friend that has been ticketed 4 or more times for driving without a belt, but she's one of those people that drives with the seat as far forward as it can go and is right on top of the steering wheel. She complains that the belt hurts her neck. She's one of the world's worst drivers.


22 posted on 03/18/2006 4:19:32 AM PST by garyhope (In vino veritas. Ars longa, vita brevis, too brevis.)
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I'm 5'2 and I have to sit right up on the steering wheel to reach the pedals. The seat belt cuts into my neck all the time, I have to stick it under my arm. But I suspect the damn air bag will get me if I'm in a crash. My face is right there on it.


23 posted on 03/18/2006 4:30:03 AM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: 19th LA Inf
My boy friend and I survived a head on crash at mal-function junction here in Memphis last month with just some bruising and bumps, thanks to GOD and seat belts.

Prays up for these two young ladies.

24 posted on 03/18/2006 5:02:28 AM PST by GailA (May our Lord bless and protect our Troops in harms way.)
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To: gg188; All

I heard Hank's rebuttal yesterday on the radio while on the interstate and was almost moved to tears. It was a very strong statement.

In Memphis TN, it all comes down to race, and I am sure this will covered by Andrew Clark Sr. here at

http://www.wrecradio.com/main.html

live from noon to 3pm central time, barring of course a Vol basketball game.

Andrew Clark Sr. is a black conservative independent, who drives the race baiters in that city crazy!


25 posted on 03/18/2006 5:32:46 AM PST by Sybeck1
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To: mariabush

I've listened to this station while visiting the Memphis area. Its vicimology, 24/7.


26 posted on 03/18/2006 6:48:43 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Sybeck1; GailA; mariabush
For anyone not acquainted with the Memphis area, the Memphis black community is the largest bunch of race baiters in the country and export their brand of victimization and poor mouthing to the entire country. Memphis is a cesspool and not a hospitable place for whites since Willie "Hump" Harrington became Mayor. The white flight from Memphis is without precedent and the cities within 100 miles of there are growing exponentially with the white influx. The city will be destroyed economically and physically if the current trend is endured.
27 posted on 03/18/2006 7:05:46 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: 19th LA Inf
On the other hand, a friend of ours went to sleep, rolled her car, and was walking around normally the next day because she was wearing her belt.

Then again, my friends 17 year old son was killed when the Olds Toronado he was riding in flipped over in an accident. Of the 5 passengers in the auto, he was the only one wearing a seat belt. The 4 boys not wearing seat belts were tossed around in the car and had some slight bruises, but walked away. My friends son Joey was held in place by the seat belt and his head was smashed when the Oldsmobile's roof crushed down.

Sometimes, when your numbers up there's nothing you can do.

28 posted on 03/18/2006 7:30:32 AM PST by metalurgist (Death to the democrats! They're almost the same as communists, they just move a little slower.)
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To: 19th LA Inf
I may be wrong, but my guess is that the accident was made worse by lack of proper seat belt use, since they were found "lying by the side of the road". If that was the case, I wish Hank would, after the daughters get out of the hospital, take the opportunity to say a few words to his fans encouraging them to buckle up. Unfortunately here in the rural south, we read every day about people being thrown out of vehicles, often with fatal results. On the other hand, a friend of ours went to sleep, rolled her car, and was walking around normally the next day because she was wearing her belt.

Police Report in an earlier release said they were in fact wearing them and they did save their lives. The SUV rolled multiple times. I suspect either persons on scene got them out of the SUV due to potential fire risk or they got out themselves which is pretty common also.

29 posted on 03/18/2006 9:12:23 AM PST by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: SouthernFreebird

Small tip, they make these seat belt pads that wrap around the seat belt and fasten with Velcro.

OR,...as I gave a friend of mine, one of those small or medium binder or bulldog spring clip fasteners, the black ones with the 2 fold out handles.

You pull the belt out so it's not pulling on your neck and clip the belt next to where it comes out of the frame so it doesn't fully retract and it gives you some slack and is not rubbing on your neck. That way the belt will still look fastened (and the cops won't stop you for a no belt ticket) and you'll still have some protection.


30 posted on 03/18/2006 9:20:35 AM PST by garyhope (In vino veritas. Ars longa, vita brevis, too brevis.)
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To: gg188

Ironic since Hank Sr. was taught much of what he knew from a black man and was always grateful.


31 posted on 03/18/2006 9:23:21 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: gg188

I'm sure the only special requests being made by Hank Jr. at a time like this. Are directed to the good lord above.


32 posted on 03/18/2006 10:29:33 AM PST by cquiggy
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To: mariabush

You're right.


33 posted on 03/18/2006 10:41:19 AM PST by zip ((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA))))
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To: gg188

"Love to spit some Beech-Nut in that dude's eye" Bocephus BUMP. He's raised some heck in his time, but he's a good guy...


34 posted on 03/18/2006 2:44:21 PM PST by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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