On June 17, 2013, Kevin Brookman, a Hartford Democratic Town Committee member and spokesperson for the group, published an offensive, incendiary and hurtful blog post that is extremely disturbing to West Indians in the Greater Hartford community.
Read blog post here: Kevin Brookman, Resign Now
His blog, together with his acknowledgement, acceptance and agreement of the bigotry and horribly racist views of his followers, requires that he resign from his position as a Town Committee Member in the 7th district, which has the largest West Indian population in the city.
That is why it is our belief that Mr. Brookman is not able to serve the constituents of the 7th district. He has exhibited a point of view so enshrined in racism and bias that he lacks the ability to represent our community. While Mr. Brookman may not have penned the comment “This is what happens when you have monkeys running crazy in the jungle”, he did in fact approve the post and allow it to remain on his blog for two months.
His subsequent apology two months later “to anyone who may have been offended.” further reflects his inability to acknowledge that such a statement is clearly offensive. In fact, his “apology” suggests that he, in fact, is not deeply offended by the post and this demonstrates his inability to represent a community of color.
We are asking the Town Committee to take action IMMEDIATELY!
Constituents of Hartford 7th District