- Associated Press - Friday, May 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State Rep. David Lifferth has apologized for his comment that the NAACP is a “racist” organization.

Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, made the remark after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life on Tuesday.

He tweeted that “we should have known Don Sterling was a racist when he gave money” to the NAACP. He then said, “Yes, any group that tries to advance specific people based on their race is by definition racist.”

Lifferth issued a statement on his website Thursday apologizing for what he called his “bad joke” about Sterling and the NAACP.

“My joke was in poor taste and insensitive to others,” he wrote. “‘I have learned a lot in the past few days. The NCAAP (sic) is not a racist organization. My logic was flawed.”

“I apologize for my insensitive words and hope that people can find it in their hearts to forgive a naive person that truly does love and care for people of all races and nationalities. I have deleted my tweets and hope that they no longer hurt anyone’s feelings,” he added.

Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the NAACP, said her group accepted his apology.

“I think he learned how insensitive his comments were … and I think he also found out that there was a lot of support for the NAACP, people he probably didn’t even think were supporters of the NAACP or knew of our work,” Williams told The Salt Lake Tribune.



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