Gov. Kay Ivey turns to the state legislature and apologizes for her role in a racist student sketch from her time as an Auburn student.
Ivey was president of her alpha gamma delta promise class in Auburn. Photos of her black-and-white sisters surfaced earlier this year. No one showed it to the governor.
But on Thursday she apologized after a sketch had surfaced at a Baptist Student Union party. The audio is a radio interview with Ivey and her fiancée Ben LaRavia. He describes Ivey dressed in blue and said she "applied some black paint to her face".
LaRavia said in an interview that they were playing a sketch called "Cigar Butts," which "did not require much talent." However, as far as the verbal talent is concerned, it required a lot of physical action, such as To crawl around on the floor to look for cigar stubs and things like that, which certainly caused a great response from the audience. "
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO (or higher in the video). The audio file was provided by the governor's office.
In a statement, Ivey said:
"I have now become aware of a recorded interview that my then fiancé Ben LaRavia and I gave to the Auburn student. When I was SGA vice president, I was a radio station.
"Even after listening to the tape, I can not remember the sketch that obviously took place at a Baptist Student Union party, or the interview itself, both of which took place. years ago. Although Ben is the one on tape who remembers the sketch ̵
regret – my participation in a sketch like this when I was a senior at college.
"Some may try to apologize for this as acceptable behavior for a college student in the mid-1960s, but I am not that anymore. and it's not what my government represents all those years later.
"I sincerely apologize for the pain and embarrassment this causes, and I will do everything in my power to show the nation that the Alabama of Today is a long way from Alabama in the 1960s years. Although we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go.
The reaction was quick.
Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said, "If she does that, she's insensitive. She has to resign. She has to be the governor of all people. "
" It is at no time and anywhere acceptable. Do us a favor and step back. "
Rep. According to Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, Ivey should have held a press conference.
"I do not care if it was 52 years ago or yesterday. She is the governor of the state of Alabama, still considered one of the most racist states in the United States. That was her then. It is who she is now. I have nothing for her I do not accept her apology. She should have stood in front of the people in Alabama herself. "
" She should resign. I do not think she should have been elected, and I think she is a racist.
What does the black Alabama say?
"It's the realization that she's who she is," Givan said. DR. Maya Angelou said, "If people show you who they are, believe them."
I will say the word. That's the question that blacks have to face today. "
" I do not apologize for everything I've just said. "
Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, said that young people do stupid things.
"Obviously, somebody found something stupid that she probably did when she was in college, and I'm just saying that I'm so thankful we did not have Facebook in the '60s and' 70s," he said. "People do stupid things when they are young. I know that I'm not the same person I was when I was that old. "
Ball is chairman of the Ethics and Campaign Finance Commission in the House of Representatives." And I do not think Gov. Ivey is, and you know what, nobody else is. One of the wonderful things in life is that we can learn and change over time. Our society has changed and we are all changing. Humans are dynamic beings.
74-year-old Ivey spent her political life changing from SGA in Auburn to a national office, and from 2003 to 2011 as Treasurer and from 2011 to 2017 as Lt. Gov elected to serve as governor of Alabama in 2018 for a full term. In 2017 she took office after former Governor Robert Bentley was convicted of ethics violations to Ivey today on the situation.
"First and foremost, I appreciate the governess for having at least made herself known and willing to apologize before the story," Singleton said. While this may be painful for those of us in the African American community who have worked with the governor and as governor's liaison and have established a working relationship with it, I am unable to fully hold them accountable for anything that happens before 52 Imprisoned for years.
Singleton said he thought Ivey's apology was sincere.
19659031] State Senator Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, said he received a phone call from Ivey's chief of staff Jo Bonner on Thursday morning, as Bonner told him that Ivey was not accepting the incident, but she would agree.
"I accept her apology and really think that's all she can do," Smitherman said. "My opinion on such things is that your actions show This will show what kind of person she is. "
Smitherman said Ivey has responded to concerns about diversity in boards and agencies.
"I find it very unfortunate that it happened," Smitherman said.
Terry Lathan, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, stood behind Ivey and made that statement.
"The Republican Party of Alabama values and supports Kay Ivey, who takes responsibility for this more than 50-year-old incident, while she performed when she appeared Governor Ivey was a student, but has straightened up, acknowledged her mistake and herself Although she has no recollection of the event, her excellency excellently demonstrates that she can work with all people regardless of race, religion, or party affiliation. We partner with Governor Ivey to unite our state for a greater future . "
State Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said he appreciated Ivey and found her an honest, unbelievable person.
What, fifty years later? Governor Ivey apologized and I think her statement speaks for itself even as far as their state of heart in this matter is concerned, and I certainly accept them. "That's it.  "I can not speak for the African-American legislators working with Governor Ivey, but as far as I know, all members of the legislature have found them to be honest traders and straightforward shooters and treat all 140 of them with respect and I certainly do not see them that changes. In her two and a half years as governor of the legislature and as governor and treasurer, she has gained much credibility. I see no reason that can not be continued.
Del Marsh, President of the Alabama Senate, added, "Governor Ivey has apologized profoundly for this incident. I have worked with her in various capacities over the past decade and I know she is not a person to attend today. I hope we as a state can leave that behind.
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