- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

An Arizona NAACP chapter president has resigned amid backlash for hot-mic comments he made about a TV reporter’s breasts.

Don Harris, who had been heading NAACP’s Maricopa County chapter for 13 months, said “nice t—s” to News 12 reporter Monique Griego after attending a meeting about Desert Vista High School students, who took a photo of themselves spelling out a racial slur on their T-shirts. The cameras were off when Mr. Harris made the sexist comment, but a reporter from the Phoenix New Times captured it on his audio recorder, Fox News reported.

Mr. Harris later apologized, telling a local ABC News affiliate that it was a “stupid thing to say” and that he “screwed up.”

“Am I sorry? You bet I’m sorry,” he told the station.

The board of the Maricopa County branch accepted Mr. Harris‘ resignation during a closed meeting Monday night.

“The Maricopa County branch NAACP continues to work on issues that are paramount to our community,” the chapter said in a statement. “The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational social and economic equality of rights of all persons.”

Mr. Harris said he didn’t want to become a distraction so decided to quit his post.

“My overall thought process was I just didn’t want to hurt the organization and take a protracted stance here that would tear it apart,” he told The Arizona Republic. “The best thing is to go away.”


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