Outrage Over LA Officials’ Leaked Racist Remarks

The nation’s second largest city is in shock after multiple leaked audio clips clearly show top leadership making racist and offensive comments about a colleague and his family.

The recorded conversation came last October and involved Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera.

In a meeting discussing the coming redistricting of the city, one audio clip surfaced where Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s name came up.

Martinez can be heard saying “f*** that guy. He’s with the Blacks.”

Still another clip which has broadly circulated on social media features comments by the city council president about White Councilmember Mike Bonin and his adopted Black son.

Martinez refers to Bonin’s son as a phrase which translates as “he’s like a monkey.” She later called Bonin a “little b***h” and commented that he is bringing up his child as a “little White kid.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Councilmember de Leon said Bonin carries the child the way Martinez handles her Louis Vuitton purse. He went on to disparage Bonin as the body’s “fourth Black member” and complain that Bonin “won’t f***ing ever say peep about Latinos.”

Local media outlet KTLA confirmed that Martinez released an apology. The council president said that “in a moment of intense frustration and anger, I let the situation get the best of me, and I hold myself accountable for these comments.” She said that for that she was sorry.

Martinez called on her record for backup, saying that her job “speaks for itself” and that she has worked hard to “lead this city through its most difficult time.”

De Leon also released a statement acknowledging that comments made during the meeting were “wholly inappropriate.” He asserted that he “regrets” the appearance of condoning or even contributing to the discussion which included insensitive remarks.

Councilmember Cedillo denies memory of the discussion.

Bonin released a statement Sunday saying that both he and his husband are “appalled, angry, and absolutely disgusted” by the comments. He then called on Martinez, de Leon, and Cedillo to step aside.