UConn stu­dent group says state se­na­tor used N-word


State Sen. Gayle Sloss­berg has been ac­cused by Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut Col­lege Democrats of us­ing a racially charged word that is “rep­re­hen­si­ble and un­jus­ti­fi­able,” dur­ing a meet­ing with the stu­dent group ear­lier in the month.

But a leader of a state chap­ter of the NAACP warned that some­times, us­ing the word in a par­tic­u­lar con­text is ac­cept­able.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the group on Wed­nes­day, more than a week af­ter her meet­ing with the group, Sloss­berg used the N-word dur­ing a dis­cus­sion on her work with a lo­cal PTA, in which she said that she worked to have books with racial ep­i­thets re­moved from grade school li­braries.

“While de­scrib­ing this work, State Se­na­tor Sloss­berg ex­plic­itly used the N-word, with­out eu­phemisms, within the con­text of its pres­ence in the books,” said the group in a pre­pared state­ment.

The state­ment went on to say that Sloss­berg, a mem­ber of the Sen­ate since 2005, did give the UConn Col­lege Democrats a for­mal apol­ogy over her choice or words.

Sloss­berg did not re­turn sev­eral re­quests for com­ment on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, nor did any mem­ber of the UConn Col­lege Democrats (UCD) re­turn e-mailed re­quests for ad­di­tional com­ment, or a mes­sage sent through the group’s Face­book page.

On Thurs­day morn­ing Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem­pore Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven and Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader Bob Duff, D-Nor­walk, crit­i­cized Sloss­berg and said in a state­ment that they hope for more com­ment from her both pub­licly and within the 18-mem­ber Sen­ate Demo­cratic cau­cus.

On Sept. 15, Sloss­berg, of Mil­ford, was one of three Sen­ate Democrats who voted for a Re­pub­li­can bud­get.

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