ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A Bernalillo County Commissioner has apologized for forwarding aracially insensitive joke by e-mail to other governmentemployees.
Michael Wiener told News 13 he had a lapse of judgment insending the e-mail to a number of high-ranking city and countyofficials.
“Obviously, it was a poor attempt at humor,” Wienertold News 13 by telephone from Las Vegas Friday afternoon.“It’s not something I created, it’s something Iforwarded that I shouldn't have, and I'm deeply apologetic fordoing that.”
News 13 is not releasing the full text of the e-mail due to theinappropriate nature of the joke. However, the joke makes referenceto President Barack Obama, African-Americans, showers andprisons.
Wiener said he is not a racist.
“I certainly have no track record of doing anything toundermine race relations,” Wiener told News 13. “I havemany, many friends who are African American.”
Albuquerque NAACP Chapter President Lena Brown found littlehumor in the e-mail.
“That’s ugly any way you look at it,” Brownsaid.
Brown is currently in Oklahoma attending an NAACPConvention.
When told that Wiener apologized for the e-mail, Brown indicatedhe should at least make a more public apology since he’s apublic figure.
Wiener called the entire incident a “lapse ofjudgment.”
However, Brown remains skeptical.
“The damage is done,” Brown told News 13.“Here's my problem. If he has this lapse of judgment, what'sto say he won't do it again?”
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