Arizona NAACP demands meeting with Sen. Flake

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 9:20 PM

PHOENIX -- A coalition of black leaders from Arizona is demanding a meeting with Senator Jeff Flake, after a website exposed a series of offensive online posts by Flake's son.

Tanner Flake, Flake's 15-year-old son, used several racist, homophobic, and anti-semitic slurs on Twitter and Youtube over the span of more than a year.
 
His accounts are now blocked or shutdown, but the website www.Buzzfeed.com has screen-grabs of the old postings.

Flake released a written apology, saying,  "I'm very disappointed in my teenage son's words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity.  This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I've already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well."

It appeased the Anti-Defamation League's Bill Straus, who spoke on the phone with the senator

"He expressed embarrassment, disappointment, and was very apologetic," Straus told 3TV.

However, several others in the community want more from Flake.

"I've heard from people statewide who are hurt to the core by this young man's words," Rev. Jarrett Maupin said.

"Racial attitudes like that don't develop overnight," Maupin added, demanding a face-to-face meeting with the senator and his son.

"What he's done so far?  That's not an apology.  That's insult to injury. He owes it to our community to meet with us," said Maupin.

"Senator, come back home. Talk to us," echoed  Rev. Oscar Tillman of the Maricopa County NAACP.

"That apology could've been written on toilet paper, as far as I'm concerned," added Tillman.

Maupin has suggested meeting the Flakes at the George Washington Carver museum in Phoenix, to take them through a black history lesson.

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