Democrat Nury Martinez resigned as president of the Los Angeles City Council on Monday, just a day after audio of her using a racial slur leaked.
Martinez issued a statement regarding the leak announcing she will resign as president, but stay on the city council.
“I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments. I’m sorry."
Martinez and Councilman Kevin de León were under intense pressure and calls for their resignation after they were caught on the recording making racist comments about Councilmember Mike Bonin, a gay white man, and his adopted black son. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera was also a part of the conversation.
“I sincerely apologize to the people I hurt with my words: to my colleagues, their families, especially to Mike, Sean, and your son. As a mother, I know better and I am sorry. I know this is the result of my own actions. I’m sorry to your entire family for putting you through this,” she continued.
During the discussion about Bonin, Martinez called his son “Parece changuito,” or “He’s like a monkey,” soon afterward. She later referred to Bonin as a “little b****” and said he is raising his child like a “little white kid.”
“As someone who believes deeply in the empowerment of communities of color, I recognize my comments undercut that goal,” she added. “Going forward, reconciliation will be my priority. I have reached out to many of my Black colleagues and other Black leaders to express my regret in order for us to heal.”
Another part of the conversation included Martinez remarking about Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón after his name was mentioned.
“F*** that guy,” Martinez said. “He’s with the blacks.”
In leaked audio, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez says of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón: “Fuck that guy, he’s with the Blacks.”https://t.co/RY0DbwZkAE
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 9, 2022
Protesters have been outside of Martinez's house, calling for her resignation.
Outside the home of LA City Council President Nury Martinez, protesters are asking for her resignation and playing the leaked recordings on a loudspeaker. pic.twitter.com/PJNgXOpfQG
— Jon peltz (@JonnyPeltz) October 10, 2022
Bonin issued a statement Sunday and called for the City Council to remove Martinez from the role of president.
Our family statement about today's ugly and hateful news. pic.twitter.com/0fPPXwsS5B
— Mike Bonin (@mikebonin) October 9, 2022
After remarks like that, how is she even a part of the City Council? It seems a complete removal from the council is the only appropriate move.
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