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.