Maricopa County NAACP President resigns over sexist comments

- Donald Harris, the President of the Maricopa County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed paperwork to resign.

Harris came under fire after making a controversial statement Tuesday while attending a community meeting where he asked people to stop using the N word.

Local media captured the encounter on tape where Harris allegedly commented on a reporter's breasts.

"I'm down, I'm ashamed of myself, I did something stupid and juvenile. I didn't think about the context of what I was doing then. I just came out of a three hour meeting on civil rights, where I was chastising a group of young ladies about using the N word, and I go and do something chatham to what i'd say the conversation was inside," said Donald Harris. 

Officials had called a meeting of community leaders to discuss an incident at Desert Vista High School where six teen students wearing lettered shirts formed a racial slur.

Attorney Benjamin Taylor serves on the NAACP board and spoke out about the incident.  "Mr Harris is a Marine he served his country, he served the NAACP since the 80's, he is a good person this is not like Mr. Harris to do something like this," said Taylor. 

Harris who is 77-years-old was appointed as President of the branch in 2014. The NAACP board will meet Monday to consider Harris' resignation. 

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