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A Texas Democratic Party leader has been engulfed by a firestorm after her remarks made during a Zoom call with state party chairs when she referred to an area as the “chocolate side of town” in a joke about Trump supporters that badly boomeranged on her.
Earlier this month, Dr. Nancy Nichols who is a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) shocked the participants on the call when she regaled her fellow Dems with a story about a campaign appearance by failed presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke who is running for governor as the party continues to chase the elusive dream of turning the Lone Star State blue.
During the call, in a monumental moment of terrible judgment, Nichols wrote in the chat section that the event was “held on the chocolate side of town and the Trumpers drove around but kept a distance. I believe they were afraid to get out. Good.”
The backlash was swift and ferocious and on Wednesday, Texas Democratic Party leader Gilberto Hinojosa called for her resignation.
“This is not a person that we want to be a part of our party, and I think she should resign from the executive committee,” Hinojosa told Axios, saying that while he has not yet personally spoken to Nichols about stepping down that her remarks are “a stain on our party,” strong words for the white liberal whose political career may never recover.
(Video: Fox 26 Houston)
Also calling for Nichols to resign is the Tyler chapter of Black Lives Matter which posted a petition on change.org, and she has taken heavy fire from her fellow Dems.
According to Carroll Robinson, Chair of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, “She described the African American section of the city as ‘the chocolate side of town’ and implied that it was so dangerous that even protestors against the Democratic event, Trump supporters would not get out of their car,” Robinson said. “You can’t exercise leadership without some sense of competency and I just think it would be appropriate for her to step down.”
Texas Republicans also reacted to Nichols’ inappropriate remarks, “resign immediately. Racism has no place in Texas,” tweeted Cat Parks, the vice-chair of the state GOP.
— Cat Parks (@CatParksTX) February 24, 2022
Dr. Nichols issued a statement apologizing for her chat comments, admitting that “I made a comment and used words that I should not have used.”
“I openly and earnestly apologize for making that comment and using those words. I am truly sorry for what I have done and should not have done that, and I ask for your forgiveness,” she said, “As it should have, this has caused me a great deal of pain and sorrow as it has caused many of you a great deal of pain and sorrow as well. And for that, I am truly sorry. While I don’t understand many things 100%, I am learning more and more each day and pledge to learn from this mistake and never make it again.”
Nichols added, “To all African American colleagues, I owe a special apology. I sincerely and deeply apologize to you and ask for forgiveness. And to all Allies and to each of you, I am deeply sorry that I made those comments. I am so sorry that I hurt you, especially the African American community and all those working for unity. I pray with God’s help that I never make such a mistake again.”
Whether the bigoted remark ends up being a career killer for Nichols remains to be seen, as there are always double standards with Democrats.
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