Imagine showing up to a press event to condemn a bunch of schoolgirls for spelling out a racial slur with their t-shirts then, on the way out, you spout a sexist slur at a reporter who’s just trying to do her job and ask you about why you showed up in the first place to “right a wrong”.
That would be pretty messed up, wouldn’t it?
It’s like making a citizen’s arrest for armed robbery, then taking the perpetrator’s weapon, threatening them with it, then taking all their dough and putting it in your wallet.
But the enormously sexually-offensive remark was precisely what former United States Marine officer and current local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader Don Harris unleashed at a Phoenix, Arizona event, believe it or not, in the direction of a newswoman.
This is what he was caught — on camera — saying to her: “nice tits”.
You can hear it in the video report below:
According to those present, Harris immediately recognized his mishap, and tried to backtrack and apologize for the language. The thing is, though, his remorse sounded almost as awful as his original mistake.
This from the Independent:
Having realized what he had done, Mr Harris then a series of bizarre comments in which he appeared to apologize for his actions, and also defend his record.
“I apologize if anyone was offended. I could have said nothing . . . I’m really f***ing sorry,” he told the Phoenix New Times.
“I’m going to slash my wrists. Better yet, I’m going to throw myself out of a f***ing window, except that I’m on the first floor…I’m one of the best goddamned people in the state.”
According to a local Arizona newspaper, Harris (a white man, by the way) said he had been in touch with the Maricopa County NAACP board Wednesday night and if they wished him to resign after the incident, he would.
Harris confronted the female journalist and other members of the media at an event to discuss six students at Desert Vista High School who had been suspended for taking a photograph together where their t-shirts spelled out the n-word.