Goodbye Felicia. Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez resigned 24 hours after a leaked audio recording revealed that she and Councilman Kevin de León made racist comments, according to ABC 7. If you recall, a conversation from October 2021 was made public on Sunday when an anonymous user posted it on Reddit. Nury referred to Councilman Mike Bonin’s black son in Spanish as a “little monkey.” In addition to referring to his bad behavior during a parade by commenting: “This kid needs a beating.”
Nury resigned from her post this morning and, in a statement, expressed how she was “truly embarrassed”. Her statement read, “I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments. So sorry. I sincerely apologize to the people I hurt with my words: my colleagues, their families, especially Mike, Sean and their son.” She continued, “As someone who believes deeply in empowering communities of color, I recognize that my comments undermine that goal. In the future, reconciliation will be my priority. I have already reached out to many of my Black colleagues and other Black leaders to express my sorrow so that we can heal.”
Nury ended the statement by saying: “I apologize to my colleagues and to the residents of this city that I love so much. In the end, it’s not my apologies that matter most; will be the actions you take from this day forward. I hope you will allow me to make amends. Therefore, effective immediately, I am resigning as Speaker of the Los Angeles City Council.”
Many people called for the resignation of Nury Martínez, Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, including President Joe Biden. NPR reports that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described her actions as “unacceptable” and “appalling.” Additionally, she said that President Biden believed that all three council members should relinquish their seats.
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