The Anti-Defamation League has jumped into fray surrounding City Councilman Wilson Goode (see story below) and his aide, Latrice Bryant. Below is a letter sent today by ADL regional director Barry Morrison.
September 26, 2008
Honorable W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
City Hall, Room 316
Dear Councilman Goode:
We are writing you regarding the controversy surrounding your aide, Latrice Bryant, Fox TV reporter Jeff Cole, and Fox TV, specifically, Ms. Bryant’s display of signs in a City Council meeting reading, “Fox 29 are racist,” and “Jeff Cole KKK.” We are taking no position regarding the larger issue of whether Ms. Bryant is abusing her position as your aide. However, we are concerned about the references in the two signs; specifically, the use of the terms “racist” and “KKK” in this fashion by Ms. Bryant which we find highly inappropriate, offensive and harmful.
As you know, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a human relations agency dedicated to fighting hatred and prejudice and promoting intergroup relations. We take words such as “racist” and “KKK” very seriously as we devote our energies and resources to exposing and routing out bigotry and prejudice in all forms. To use such highly-charged words in a manipulative, self-serving, divisive way, and to make allegations that are unsubstantiated, is reckless and irresponsible. Ultimately, such actions harm our goals, which we are sure you share, to use every opportunity to deal effectively with the phenomena these works describe and to mitigate offense, intimidation and harm, directed against people because of their race, their ethnicity, and background.
We urge you to take appropriate action to deal with this matter and would be happy to be of assistance to you in this regard.
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