LA City Council President Resigns After Leaked Audio Of Racist Comments

by | Oct 10, 2022 | Politics

The Los Angeles City Council president resigned from her authority position on Monday after recently leaked audio revealed her hurling racist comments about a colleague and his Black child.Council President Nury Martinez released a statement saying her resignation is effective immediately — a day after The Los Angeles Times reported on the audio clips the outlet says are from October 2021.Advertisement“I sincerely apologize to the people I hurt with my words: to my colleagues, their families, especially to Mike, Sean, and your son,” she said, referring to fellow councilmember Mike Bonin and his husband Sean Arian.“As a mother, I know better and I am sorry. I am truly ashamed. I know this is the result of my own actions. I’m sorry to your entire family for putting you through this.”“As someone who believes deeply in the empowerment of communities of color, I recognize my comments undercut that goal,” Martinez continued. “Going forward, reconciliation will be my priority. I have already reached out to many of my Black colleagues and other Black leaders to express my regret in order for us to heal.”Martinez’s statement says the resignation impacts her role as the legislative body’s president. She will still reportedly remain on the council.AdvertisementThe audio reportedly involved Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera. The councilmembers were expressing irritation about the maps proposed by the city’s redistricting commission. According to the LA Times, they wanted to “ensure that heavily Latino districts did not lose economic assets.”It was during that conversation the officials brought up Bonin. In audio clips posted by the LA Times, Martinez can be heard saying that her fellow councilmember, a white man, is a “little bitch” and “thinks he’s fucking Black.”In the recording, Martinez says that Bonin brought his son, who is Black, on a float during the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade — saying he “handled” his son like an “accessory.” De León responded by comparing Bonin’s handling of hi …

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