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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
NAACP urges Frankel to take action over racist videos
The president of the local chapter of the NAACP is urging Mayor Lois Frankel to take swift and strong action against those who posted a racist video on the Internet, lampooning a city firefighter who has spent years trying to prove he’s been overlooked for promotions because he’s black.
Even if the city can’t identify who posted the video on YouTube.com, it should decry it, said NAACP president Lia Gaines.
“It certainly should be strongly condemned,” she said Tuesday. “The city should send a clear message that it won’t tolerate things like that.”
The obscenity-laced video was posted last month after Capt. Rick Curtis was charged with DUI. He is contesting it.
In the animated video, a not-very-thinly veiled caricature of Curtis repeatedly throws the race card when stopped by a white officer.
“You are a cracker ass racist cop. I am a captain at the fire department,” the Curtis character, dressed in gold chains, repeatedly tells the cop.
The cop who looks like a Lego character replies: “I think you are a terrible fire captain and you are making the other firefighters at your fire department look bad. All the other firefighters must hate your guts.”
*please note I was unable to find a picture or Video of the LEGO ‘cracker ass racist cop’