Skyy Fisher, the Compton, Calif. school board member who called Trayvon Martin a “fa**ot,” is explaining his poor choice of words. In an email sent directly to Hip-Hop Wired Monday (May 7) afternoon, Fisher apologized for his actions and explained the motivation behind such defamatory comments.
First and foremost, my deep regret notwithstanding, I realize that I must take the time to address the underlying issues that have brought me to this point, my abuse of alcohol. As a result, I will be taking a leave of absence from my duties as a member of the Compton Unified Board of Trustees for the next 60 days to allow time for me to address a range of personal and health related issues and to seek treatment. I want to express my deep regret for recent statements that I made and others that have been attributed to me concerning the late Trayvon Martin, Compton Unified School District Interim Superintendent Karen Frison and a Compton Unified School District student and her family. I want to apologize to the individuals in question, their families and their friends. I understand and am deeply sorry for the unwarranted pain and emotional distress that my ill-conceived and inappropriate remarks caused them to experience.
I apologize for my use of the f-word and the b-word. I have never been homophobic and I do not condone disrespecting women and calling them out of their name. I also want to apologize to my colleagues on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, District employees and especially, to the students and community that we are privileged to serve. My comments have created an unnecessary distraction for a District on the brink of transformation and I know comes as a disappointment to my supporters and everyone engaged in the important work of educating Compton's students. Again, I want to apologize to everyone affected by my remarks and respectfully request patience, forbearance and privacy while I undertake this journey.
As we reported, Fisher will not be fired for his words, and has been granted a three-month leave of absence in wake of the scandal.
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