According to a report from the LA Times, Nury Martinez, former president of Los Angeles’ city council, who stepped down from public office this week, had been ousted for her racist and antisemitic comments.
After a leaked audio clip leaked revealed racist comments she made about Black and Indigenous people, Martinez also spoke ill about Jews in the same recording. After the outrage over the clip, Martinez, who was the first Latina woman to hold the position, gave up her seat on the council as well, on Wednesday.
The clip in question has recorded her conversation with two other council members, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, and Ron Herrera, where the former can be heard speaking about former state Assemblymember Richard Katz, who is Jewish and was at the time serving on a city commission charged with redrawing council district boundaries. Katz was appointed to the role by City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who is also Jewish.
“I’m sure Katz and his crew have an agenda,” Herrera said. Martinez responded by saying, “Judíos cut their deal with South LA. They are gonna screw everybody else.” Judíos means Jews in Spanish, and South Los Angeles is where much of the city’s Black population is concentrated.
In the recording, Martinez also said that white council member Mike Bonin handled his young Black son as if he were an “accessory” and said of his son “Parece changuito,” or “he’s like a monkey,” the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. She also referred to Bonin as a “little bitch.” In the same recording, Martinez called indigenous immigrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca ugly, and made crass remarks about Armenians.
In her resignation statement, Martinez addressed her daughter saying, “I know I have fallen short recently of the expectations we have for our family. I vow to you that I will strive to be a better woman to make you proud.”