MAYOR BRONIN JOINS FELLOW ELECTED LEADERS IN DECRYING RACIST VIDEO FROM 96.5 TIC-FM
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 28, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined fellow elected leaders from across Connecticut’s capital city in decrying a racist video that was created by radio personality Gary Craig and posted on the 96.5 TIC-FM Facebook page (link: https://youtu.be/A6eYevXbLC4). The video features Mr. Craig attending the Hartford Latino fest, a multicultural celebration in Hartford that took place last weekend, making racist comments about others in attendance.
“Gary Craig's video is repulsive and bizarre,” said Mayor Bronin. “I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford. CBS Local Media, the owner of 96.5 TIC FM, should get this trash off of their website."
In addition to the Facebook post, the radio station website — 965tic.cbslocal.com — featured the video in a post titled, “Gary Craig: Accidental Tourist at Hartford Latino Fest” (link: 965tic.cbslocal.com/2016/06/27/gary-craig-accidental-tourist-at-hartford-latino-fest/ ).
"The derogatory comments made by Mr. Craig were point blank disgusting,” said City Council President T.J. Clarke. "There is absolutely no way these comments can be justified. For anyone to mention they walked into some ‘parallel universe’ while people were celebrating their culture at last weeks, Latino Fest needs a quick reality check on how culturally diverse this city is. I expect a public apology from Mr. Craig and the management staff of the radio station to the City of Hartford and organizers and members of the Latino community.”
“His comments were completely insensitive and degrading to the Latino population in this City and State,” said City Councilman Julio A. Concepcion. "Whether made in jest or not, his racist undertones are absolutely inexcusable and should be condemned by his employer.”
“I’m appalled by this racist behavior,” said State Representative Angel Arce. “The radio station needs to apologize to the community and take this video down immediately.”