Statement by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials on the Don Imus Remarks

From the President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), Terry Riley, councilman, Kansas City, Mo., on behalf of all NBC-LEO officers: “It is unconscionable that in this day Don Imus would be comfortable saying such hateful and hurtful phrases about the women’s basketball players at Rutgers University. The Rutgers players are talented young women who have carried themselves in a manner that brings pride to their university, their coaches and fellow students as well as the African-American community. Their reaction to this situation has been nothing short of dignified, a fact Mr. Imus would fail to prove otherwise.

“It is essential that African-American political leaders stand united and send a resounding message to Mr. Imus that his comments were highly disrespectful and will not be tolerated anywhere in this nation. We, the members of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials who are charged with being the voice of our electorate, will not stand quietly complacent and allow our daughters to be demoralized.

“We call on the media to review the actions and words, not only of Mr. Imus, but of all broadcasters in the coming months to ensure they are fair and objective chroniclers of today’s society, reflecting the broad diversity that is America.”

NBC-LEO was created in 1970 to represent the interests of African-American elected officials. NBC-LEO’s objectives include increasing African-American participation on the NLC’s steering and policy committees to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African-American concerns and benefit their communities.

The organization also works independently with its members to inform them on issues affecting the African-American community and helps to devise ways to achieve their community objectives through legislation and direct action. In 2005, NBC-LEO worked with eBay to end the use of racially derogatory words on listings on eBay’s Web site.

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