A woman running for office in Eastern Long Island used the “n-word” in a call to local police last summer and is now defending her use of the racial slur.
Valerie Smith, who is running for a seat on the Southampton Villiage Board, confirmed to a local news outlet that she called the police in August and told them “a bunch of niggers” were standing outside of her home “drinking Hennessy.”
A recording of the call was obtained by a Freedom of Information Law Request and shared to SoundCloud:
When confronted about her use of the racial slur by 27east.com, Smith told reporters that is wasn’t a big deal, citing Eddie Murphy’s use of the term throughout his career. She then added that she grew up hearing the phrase on the 1970s hit “All in the Family.”
“Now, all of a sudden I can’t use it?” Smith told the outlet. “Sorry — I live in a black neighborhood, I came here and didn’t see color.”
During the interview, Smith also referred to a black man as “boy.” She did not apologize for any of her comments.
“When you are a pioneer like I am, it’s not easy. I’m the only white person who owns and lives on this street.”
Since moving into the area six years ago, Smith has reportedly called the police as many as 200 times. She told reporters that she has no intention of removing herself from consideration in the Southampton Village Board election on June 16.