CA Lt. Governor Uses Racial Slur
Tuesday, February 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) â€” Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante used a racial slur during a Black History Month speech in what he called an embarrassing slip of the tongue.
Bustamante, a Hispanic Democrat who has focused on improving race relations, said he meant to use the word ``Negro'' but slipped and said another n-word during his speech about the black union movement.
About one-fourth of the 400 people at the event Friday left in protest, said Marshall Walker, master of ceremonies.
``I was appalled he would even say it as a slip. You don't make a slip like that unless it is something you say normally,'' said Gwendalyn Bello, who attended the event, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists' annual awards dinner and scholarship fund-raiser.
Bustamante said he has tried repeatedly to apologize.
``I know it came out of my mouth, but it is not how I was taught. It is not how I teach my children,'' he said.
Walker said he sent a letter to Bustamante asking him to return to the group to apologize.