The state NAACP is objecting to Wake County school board chairman Ron Margiotta calling people "animals" during Tuesday's heated meeting.
Margiotta said “here come the animals out of the cages” in response to the booing that Bill Randall, a black conservative congressional candidate, received Tuesday from supporters of the diversity policy. Randall was among the speakers who had supported the community schools resolution.
The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, has scheduled a press conference for Friday to address Margiotta’s comments.
“Any public official referring to those with opposing viewpoints, engaged in the democratic process as animals is unacceptable," said state NAACP Executive Director Amina Turner in a press release.
Margiotta acknowledged today that his comments were “out of line.” But he said he was only responding to the lack of courtesy he felt was being shown to critics of the diversity policy.
Speakers on both sides of the resolution creating community schools were booed on Tuesday but the turnout was larger by opponents of the plan to end busing for diversity.
“If I offended anyone, it was not intended,” Margiotta said. “It was said in the heat of the moment.”