NAACP Rips Daytona Host For 'Monkey' Comment
May 30, 2007 at 3:24 PM (PT)
The VOLUSIA COUNTY-DAYTONA BEACH chapter of the NAACP is calling for the resignation of Talk WELE-A/DAYTONA BEACH afternoon host BIG JOHN for comparing DAYTONA BEACH Commissioner and mayoral candidate DWAYNE TAYLOR to a monkey. BIG JOHN tells CBS affiliate WKMG-TV/ORLANDO that he made the comparison because "as TAYLOR climbs the political ladder, the more he can see his backside."
"It hurts personally for someone to make that type of comment about me because then I'm thinking, 'Isn't this what you feel like all African-American males may be? That we're living in a history of slavery today?'" said TAYLOR in response to BIG JOHN's comments. In a statement, NAACP branch President CYNTHIA SLATER called the comments "racist, demeaning and disrespectful, and such comments will not be tolerated."