Former Greensboro Zoning Fee member apologizes after “disrespectful” exchanges with Black Resident | Native
“Your screen says Carrie Rosario,” said Collins.
“My name is Dr Carrie Rosario and it really speaks very negatively of you as a commissioner to be disrespectful,” she said.
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“I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but you are negotiating something that happened four years ago,” said Collins.
After a replay of the exchange was played in front of the city council on Tuesday, councilor Goldie Wells, who is black and holds a PhD. Graduation said that black women with higher education are not often given the benefits that white women with only high school degrees receive.
“The thing that has been a driving force behind African Americans is education,” Wells said.
After a 30-minute discussion in which Councilor Nancy Hoffmann offered to speak to Collins about his behavior, Councilor Sharon Hightower moved to remove him from the Zoning Commission.
Now Collins has apologized to the council.
“There isn’t a good excuse for my interaction with Dr. Rosario, so I won’t try to offer one,” he wrote in a letter to News & Record. “The citizens deserve better. … I have failed to live up to my own standards and yours. I sincerely regret that. “
In a telephone interview on Friday, Collins said he intended to send the letter to the council on Wednesday. However, the email did not go through, so it was sent on Thursday morning.