Nury Martinez (D), the first Latina to become Los Angeles City Council president, has resigned following the leak of audio recordings, in which Martinez made several racist remarks about Black and White people.
Los Angeles City Council president Nury Martinez announced her resignation Monday after she was heard making racist comments about a councilmember's Black son in a leaked recording of a conversation with other leaders. https://t.co/ufJE7EWGEY
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The leaked audio involved a conversation between Martinez, fellow Democratic council members, and a union boss. During the conversation, Martinez disparages Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon and councilmember Mike Bonin, a Democrat.
“Fuck that guy,” Martinez said, referring to Gascon. “He’s with the Blacks.”
She then criticized Bonin, who adopted a Black child with his husband. At one point, she alleged that Bonin used the little boy as an “accessory.” She then recalled an incident during the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade, during which she believed Bonin’s child was misbehaving.
“There’s this White guy, with his little Black kid who’s misbehaved,” Martinez said, before switching to Spanish and referring to the child as “ese changuito,” which translates to “that little monkey.”
“They’re raising him like a little White kid, which, I was like, this kid needs a beatdown,” Martinez continued.
When the recording of the conversation leaked online, the L.A. Times published a report on the incident. From there, it did not take long for Martinez to resign.
“I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments — I’m so sorry,” Martinez said while announcing her resignation on Monday. “As someone who believes deeply in the empowerment of communities of color, I recognize my comments undercut that goal.”
“Going forward, reconciliation will be my priority,” she continued. “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.”
While Martinez made it clear she was resigning as council president, she has yet to confirm if she will resign from her council seat.
Citizens and city officials are also calling for the resignations of the other participants in the conversation with Martinez, including the union boss and Democratic councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo.