The Lafayette chapter of the NAACP is calling the latest round of city job cuts an attack on the African-American community. The group says the 37 job cuts, effective today in the Parks and Recreation, are racially motivated.
37 jobs were cut, including: recreation center coordinators, park police officers, and other staff.
The cuts will save a total of $1,172,471 in salaries.
However, the NAACP says about 70 percent of the positions cut were held by African-Americans.
They accuse Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory of making the cost-cutting decision based on race.
“I don’t believe him. Beyond a shadow of any doubt. That it is definately racially motivated,” said Marja Broussard, president of the Lafayette NAACP.
LCG is facing a $28,000,000 budget shortfall. $18,000,000 was inherited from the