City Commissioner in Texas Calls Black Prosecutors ‘F*cking N*ggers’ But Refuses To Resign
A Brownsville city commissioner called two Black prosecutors ‘f*cking n*ggers’ according to a leaked audio recording. While Cesar De Leon, a Mexican-American, has offered what many believe to be an insincere apology, he refuses to step down and denies being a racist.
The recording of the hate-filled rant was circulated on social media and gained national attention.
“There are a couple of f*cking n*ggers that Luis Saenz is getting and I don’t know where he is getting them from,” De Leon said. “They are coming down to my f*cking city and now they are trying to f*cking put everybody in jail because they think we are a bunch of Mexicans that hit our wives.”
But the ranting and raving didn’t stop there. De Leon used the racial slur again insisting that, in this situation, it was warranted.
“They are f*cking… and I would say this, that I would never dare use that word, but you know what, yes, there are a couple of n*ggers in there that think that all of us are f*cking taco eaters,” De Leon said.
Adding insult to injury, De Leon offered the following apology on Tuesday during a meeting at city hall. But in spite of all the people he offended, he said that he wasn’t going anywhere.
“I made a terrible mistake, but please believe, I still stand against injustice, unfair, and unlawful treatment of any American regardless of race, religion, age or social standing,” De Leon said. “I will not stop honoring my commitment to the people of Brownsville, nor will I back down in my fight for our great community.”
— Frank Garza (@F_Garza4) October 3, 2017
D.A. Saenz Defends His Prosecutors
But Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said that De Leon crossed the line when he went after the prosecutors. Saenz told News Center 23 that he was ‘shocked’ and ‘angered’ by the commissioner’s remarks. He found De Leon’s apology insincere and has called for his resignation. Saenz said that it didn’t matter who leaked his vile statements–the man’s words were racist.
“At the end of the day his remarks stand for themselves and speak for themselves,” Saenz said. “They are racist today, they were racist yesterday, and they’ll be racist tomorrow.”
De Leon Does Not Represent Brownsville
Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez finally condemned De Leon’s statements saying that he denounces ‘the use of racist language or behaviors.’ But Assistant District Attorney Veronica Sanders, one of the targets of De Leon’s insults, said that he needs to go–now.
“He is not a representative of what Brownsville is or how Brownsville thinks,” Sanders told NBC. “When you have a person who steps out and says something like that I think it’s time for you to step down.”
Members of the community have protested against De Leon saying that he has brought shame and embarrassment to the city. They want him out of office. But De Leon has dug-in his heels and plans to stay on the job. Unless he is recalled, he isn’t going anywhere.