South Side Chicago Ald. David Moore (17th) said he does not regret and will not apologize for using a racial slur last week in a Facebook post, in which he condemned the reassignment of an outspoken school principal.
After last week's "reassignment" of Blaine Elementary Principal Troy LaRaviere, Moore took to Facebook.
"I am totally appalled at this move," the alderman's Facebook post read. "Not one elected official, who cares about the education of our children, should remain silent about this DICTATORIAL move!"
"All I hear is, stay in your place N-----, and don't you dare challenge the DICTATORIAL AUTHORITY designed to put corporate profits over effective public education," the alderman wrote, spelling out the word.
Moore addressed his comments at a Friday news conference, during which the freshman alderman said, "I neither regret nor apologize."
"In this context," Moore said, "the word n----- was purposely used as an evocative metaphor that highlights the pejorative reality that black people, our community, and our voice has been and continues to be, perceived as less than and irrelevant at the table of power."
He added: "I have had a front row seat to this my entire life, as a child, and a man growing up in Chicago, working in city government, and as a father. As I listen to the voices of many constituents, the Troy LaRaveiere saga is yet another plot in the 'N-----, stay in your place' book of short stories to which many black people can relate and contribute."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has denied having any involvement in LaRaviere's reassignment.
CPS' action against LaRaviere came last week as a result of alleged ethical violations, insubordination, wrongful use of equipment and other charges against him.