Tuesday, June 16, 2009

South Carolina State NAACP releases a public statement and calls for a proper apology for the Michelle Obama 'Gorilla' comment

Dr. Lonnie Randolph, President of the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP has released the following statement in response to racist comments made by SC state political figure Rusty DePass:

"The NAACP condemns the statements of former South Carolina GOP activist and State Election Commission Chairman Rusty DePass linking First Lady Michelle Obama to an ape that recently escaped from a local zoo. We demand a proper apology from Mr. DePass to Mrs. Obama and to the citizens of South Carolina who are terribly offended by his remarks.

"Mr. DePass’ remarks are a chilling reminder of the pervasive nature of racial bias in South Carolina which readily infects all aspects of everyday life. This unfortunate fact informs us that we must all work to eliminate such offensive references as they do influence our thoughts, our conversations, our choices, and our actions toward others. We clearly have more work to do to ensure that the symbols and attitudes that we promote in our society respect the dignity of every American regardless of their race or ethnicity.”

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