L.A. City Councilwoman resigns as president after leaked audio of racist remarks about Black child and indigenous people

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Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez resigned from her post as president of the council today after she was caught in a leaked audio recording using racist comments with two other council members and another official.

In the audio, Martinez can be heard saying during a Martin Luther King Jr. parade, fellow City Council member Mike Bonin’s adopted Black son looked like a “Changuito,” which translates to “little monkey” in English. She also made disparaging remarks about people from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The conversation was recorded about one year ago during a discussion about redistricting and how there weren’t more Latino districts, but instead Black districts.

She also accused Bonin of being “with the Blacks” in the recording.

Community leaders have called on Martinez, as well as Councilmen Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo to resign from the City Council.

More about the leaked audio and controversy can be found here.

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