LOWELL, MASS. (WHDH) – Lowell Mayor John Leahy referred to as for a college committee member’s resignation after the member allegedly used a racial slur on TV Wednesday.
Throughout an look on a Lowell TeleMedia Middle opinion present referred to as “Metropolis Life,” Committee Member Robert Hoey allegedly used anti-Semitic language to explain a former worker of the Lowell Public Colleges.
Leahy wrote in a press release that he’s calling for a particular joint assembly of the Lowell Faculty Committee and the Lowell Metropolis Council to current a movement in assist of demanding Hoey’s resignation.
“All through the tutorial yr, this faculty committee has targeted on problems with fairness and racial equality in our faculties and in our group,” he wrote. “To completely characterize the curiosity and variety of our college students and our group, we should not solely be part of collectively in rejecting this language however proceed working in direction of that extra excellent Union.”
Metropolis Supervisor Eileen Donoghue recommended Leahy for performing swiftly to convene a joint assembly, including that she believes calling for Hoey’s resignation is “warranted contemplating the magnitude of his offense.”
“Mr. Hoey’s remarks are a stark and disheartening reminder that illiberal viewpoints do nonetheless exist inside our group, however I consider strongly that they don’t seem to be defining of Lowell’s character,” she mentioned. “I’m grateful to the numerous residents and leaders who’ve spoken out to soundly reject his feedback since they surfaced. It’s my hope that this collective, community-wide response can function an affirmation that, regardless of our ongoing struggles, Lowell is a spot that’s genuinely dedicated to tolerance and inclusivity.”
LTC additionally launched a press release that learn, “LTC strongly and unequivocally condemns all types of hate speech; anti-semitic, homophobic, msogoginistic and racist views and opinions. We’re appalled to listen to the remark made by Mr. Hoey. The remark expressed shouldn’t be consultant of LTC’s values and beliefs.”
LTC has since pulled the episode from any future re-broadcasting.
“LTC is an inclusive surroundings, we promote variety and acceptance of all individuals, orientations, and beliefs. We’re dedicated to defending focused teams in our metropolis and valuing our whole numerous group,” their assertion continued. “We want to particularly acknowledge the assault on our Jewish neighbors on this incident and pledge to face in solidarity with you throughout this difficult time.”
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