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Rev. Sharpton regarding allegations that Maloney used ‘N’ word

Aug 04, 2009

“The quote by Congresswoman Maloney if accurate is alarming and disturbing at best. No public official even in quoting someone else should loosely use such an offensive term and should certainly challenge someone using the term to him or her.

If in fact this quote is accurate, Congresswoman Maloney should issue a public apology for allowing that kind of dialogue to go un-challenged by her and for repeating it. Congresswoman Maloney should reveal the person that she was talking about so we know that in fact this conversation did occur and the way in which it occurred.“

“It’s the NRA, it’s immigration, it’s all these other things. In fact, I got a call from someone from Puerto Rico, said [Gillibrand] went to Puerto Rico and came out for English-only [education]. And he said, ‘It was like saying n—r to a Puerto Rican,’” she said, using the full racial slur. “I don’t know—I don’t know if that’s true or not. I just called. I’m just throwing that out. All of her—well, what does she stand for?”

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network