Dr. Bernice King: Weatherman Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over Slur

Dr. Bernice King: Weatherman Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over Slur

Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter is coming to the protection of a meteorologist who used a racist slur whereas saying her dad’s title.

Dr. Bernice King spoke to TMZ about Jeremy Kappell, a weatherman from Rochester, NY who was fired from WHEC when he referred to a park named after her dad as “Martin Luther C*on Jr. Park.”

“I imagine when these racial slurs happen, until there’s a state of affairs the place it’s continuous, that folks want a possibility to be rehabilitated and we don’t focus a variety of rehabilitation,” she advised TMZ. “There should be some repercussions, however I don’t suppose it ought to go so far as firing a person.”

King mentioned {that a} demotion, reassignment and bias coaching would have been acceptable.

Kappell apologized for the feedback he made on Feb. four saying that he slurred his phrases.

“What occurred on Friday, to me, it’s a easy misunderstanding,” mentioned Kappell in a Fb video posted on Monday. “When you watch me recurrently, you realize that I are inclined to comprise a variety of info in my weathercast, which forces me to talk quick and, sadly, I spoke a little bit too quick once I was referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so quick to the purpose the place I jumbled a few phrases.”

He added, “in my thoughts, I knew I mispronounced, however there was no malice. . . . I had no concept the way in which it got here throughout to many individuals.”

King will not be the one public persona to defend the meteorologist. Immediately Present weatherman Al Roker got here to Kappell’s protection on Twitter saying that it was a slip of the tongue.

“I believe @JeremyKappell made an unlucky flub and ought to be given the possibility to apologize on @information10nbc Anybody who has performed reside television and screwed up (google any variety of ones I’ve performed) understands,” he wrote.

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