GOP Official Says She Accidentally Used N-Word While Insulting African-American
The chairwoman of the Galveston County Republican Party in Texas is taking heat for a text message she sent months ago in which she referred to a fellow Black Republican with a racial slur, according to The New York Daily News.
Yolanda Waters, who describes herself as a “Latina/African-American woman," texted a colleague in March referring to J.T. Edwards, who is another GOP leader, as a “typical n-g.”
Now that the exchange is making its rounds online, Waters has explained her use of the word as a typo, saying she types quickly and failed to proofread the message.
“I usually type very fast, and in this case, I moved too fast to see that the word was there," she wrote in a statement shared on Facebook. “I made the typo because I did not proofread my text. I do not believe it is appropriate language to use in speaking about a fellow African-American."
The Daily News noted that Waters did not say what word she intended to type rather than the N-word.
“The text messages, first published by the Galveston County Daily News, show the woman complaining about Edwards asking for money to go to Austin, saying he ‘really abuses’ and ‘lives off everyone else,’” The Daily News reported. “When asked why he doesn’t work, Waters replied with the racist slur.”
Several top Republicans have called on Waters to step down from her post, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
“I am outraged. There is no excuse,” he tweeted this earlier week. “Dr. Waters should resign as Galveston County chair immediately. Her comments are offensive to everyone in the community.”