US lawyer Aaron Schlossberg apologises for viral racist rant

Schlossberg was filmed chastising Spanish-speaking restaurant workers and accusing them of 'living off welfare'.

    Protesters outside Schlossberg's office were accompanied by Mariachi bands singing in Spanish [Mary Altaffer/AP Photo]
    Protesters outside Schlossberg's office were accompanied by Mariachi bands singing in Spanish [Mary Altaffer/AP Photo]

    A New York City lawyer whose rant chastising restaurant workers for speaking in Spanish went viral has apologised and insisted that he is not racist.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Aaron Schlossberg said that the manner in which he "expressed" himself was unacceptable and that the video watched by millions around the world did not convey his real self.

    Schlossberg launched an angry tirade against the workers, repeatedly telling them that they were "in America" and accusing them of being welfare recipients.

    He also threatened to call immigration officials to get the workers deported.

    The video sparked outrage online and protesters gathered outside his office building, often accompanied by Mariachi bands singing in Spanish.

    An earlier video of Schlossberg calling a man an "ugly f***ing foreigner" also emerged in the aftermath of the restaurant incident.

    His track record of racist behaviour has led many to question whether the apology was made out of expediency rather than genuine remorse.

    Prominent Black rights activists, Shaun King, called the apology "half-hearted".

    "[Schlossberg] insisted it is an exception - and that he isn't racist, but we now have over a dozen reports of him being racist all over New York," he wrote on Twitter.

    Others expressed similar scepticism, with some posting satirical versions of the apology letter.

    One was re-edited to read: "To the people I insulted, I am deeply racist".

    The comments underneath Schlossberg's apology statement on Twitter were mostly dismissive.

    "You're only sorry it got caught on video and went viral," wrote one user named Patrick Hill.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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