Nury Martinez on reddit, apologizes for comments in leaked audio on twitter
The Los Angeles City Council president issued an apology after she and two other council members used racist language during a broad conversation with union leaders about a white colleague and his young black son.
The tone of the conversation between committee leader Nury Martinez, members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera first leaked to Reddit earlier this month. The incidents were first reported by the Los Angeles Times and Knock LA on Sunday.
During the conversation, which lasted about an hour in October 2021, Martinez can be heard referring to Congressman Mike Bonin as “that little bitch” and noting that he sees his adopted son as an “appendage.” She later called the child “su negrito,” a derogatory term for black people, and “ese changuito,” or that little monkey.
“In a moment of extreme frustration and anger, I let the situation prevail and hold myself accountable for these comments,” Martinez said in a statement Sunday. Bonin told The New York Times that the audio made him “Disgusted, angry and distressed,” adding that his son was only two years old when the photo was taken.
According to The Times, De Leon likened Bonin’s treatment of the children to “when Nouri is carrying her little garden bag or Louis Vuitton bag.”
De Leon also issued a public apology:
“The comments in relation to this meeting are completely inappropriate; I regret that I seem to condone, even in private, some insensitive comments to a colleague and his family. I contacted this colleague personally,” he said. Say. “That day, I fell short of the expectations we set for leaders – I would hold myself to a higher standard.”
After revealing the leaked audio, Bonin said in an interview that he was “disgusted,” according to The Times.
“I’ll talk more about it later, but for now because I’m still digesting it. I feel sick, angry and heart attack,” he said. “It’s fair game to attack me, but son? To attack a child you have to be very petty, insecure and vicious. He’s not even three years old.