Candidate apologizes for attending ‘Black Press Only’ event
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – A mayoral candidate in Georgia is apologizing for attending an event that barred reporters unless they were African-American.
Savannah city councilman Van Johnson told reporters Friday: “I know in this case I did offend. And today I apologize for my actions.”
Johnson is among three black candidates who have announced campaigns this fall to challenge Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach, who is white.
A meeting at a church Wednesday sought to unite Savannah’s black community behind a single candidate. Signs at the door said “Black Press Only!” and white reporters were denied entry.
Johnson spoke during the event and later told reporters prohibited from attending: “It’s not my meeting.”
Johnson said Friday if the meeting “excluded other folks … I would be one of the first ones to be outraged.”
Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com