Civil Rights Leaders Take Action After Anne Arundel Councilman Uses Racial Slur

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)—Backlash after an Anne Arundel County councilman uses a racial slur during an open meeting.

Monique Griego has more on who is now taking notice.

It’s a four letter word you wouldn’t expect hear coming from a public official’s mouth. But last Thursday, Anne Arundel County Councilman Dick Ladd used the word during an open council meeting.

The word the councilman used is too offensive for WJZ to say on air.  But according to Merriam Webster, the term is slang for: “a non-white or non-American person; specifically Asian.”

“When people use language that is offensive to any minority group we all should be outraged by it,” said civil rights leader Carl Snowden.

Snowden believes Ladd is encouraging an environment of racial insensitivity.

Ladd made the comment while interviewing a candidate for an empty council seat. Ladd was talking about his time serving in Vietnam and used the term to describe his enemies in combat, saying: “It’s steal pots, flap jackets and web gear because we thought the g***s were coming across the perimeter.”

Witnesses say the comment drew gasps from the crowd.

“I knew I needed, decided I need to apologize if I offended anybody, and it was not offered in any sense to be derogatory or impugn anybody,” Ladd said.

Ladd told WJZ the word was commonly used by military in Vietnam and Korea to describe enemy soldiers.  But said he wouldn’t use the term again today.

Still, for some, that’s not good enough.

“That’s the kind of conduct that no elected official should be engaged in,” Snowden said.

Snowden says the use of the slur highlights the need for diversity on the council itself.

Snowden is inviting the public to show up at Tuesday’s council meeting to encourage the council to choose diversity when picking a candidate to fill the open seat.

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  1. Patty says:

    He apoligized and regonized that he should not have used that term. Forgive him and move on.

  2. richard perry says:

    carl snowden a pot calling a kettle black

  3. Mike Brown says:

    What does civil rights have to do with free speech? Nothing. This is about as rediculous to write about as our so-callled economic recovery. Why not a story on the local Tea Parties in the area? A real political force growing in popularity.

    1. K. Smith says:

      IS IT A FREE SPEECH MATTER? IT SEEMS MORE LIKE A PUBLIC OFFICIAL USING A DEROGATORY TERM TO DESCRIBE A PERSON. IT IS CERTAINLY WORTHY TO BE TALKED ABOUT. I AM GLAD HE APOLOGIZED AND HOPE THAT PEOPLE DO ACCEPT IT. EVEN MORE, THOUGH, I HOPE THAT HE APOLOGIZED FROM A REAL SENSE THAT HE HAD HURT SOME MEMBERS OF SOCIETY AND NOT BECUASE HE GOT PRESSURE FROM THE PUBLIC.

  4. Another take says:

    Hasn’t Snowden made his fair share of mistakes? ONe of which could have killed someone…
    Ladd explained and apologized–get over it.
    Didn’t AACO just lose an African American councilman who committed a crime? Hmmmm….

    1. Spencer says:

      What’s that have to do with the story at hand? As an elected official, you have to watch what you say. I’m a school teacher and I can’t just say anything I want even though I’d like to. It comes with the territory!

  5. commonsense711 says:

    A big bunch of who cares

  6. Ted Kinkel says:

    I am a Vietnam era army veteran. That was common slang used during that period by soldiers. Councilman Ladd is a veteran with several Vietnam combat tours under his belt. The word probably just surfaced inadvertently. While distasteful by today’s standards, please give the man a break. Please do not take the leap of making this an issue that it is not! If you were a young person dodging bullets as a combat pilot, you too might return home with a few choice words for the enemy that is trying to kill you engrained in your brain too. I am sure it popped up from his subconscious.

    1. Nikki D. says:

      Ted, Amen brother. The like of Snowden who has plenty of skeletons in his closet reminds me of Sharpton & Jackson. Bandwagon jumpers seeking personal attention.

  7. tom tom says:

    political correctness has ruined this country beyond repair. muslim terrorists are blowing up everything airplanes to embasies and we are not allowed to profile them causing airport security to run amok and putting the majority of americans to endure the inconvenience because a small minority of do gooders think it is offensive. the man apologized. get over it. i bet he was a republican.

  8. Richard Washboard says:

    Ladd is still an idiot for saying this, regardless of wether carl snowden is saying it.

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