This morning it was reported that Papa John's Pizza founder, John Schnatter, had "allegedly" used the N-word in a sensitivity training conference call back in May.
Colonel Sanders called blacks ‘n-----s,’ ” Schnatter allegedly said. He then complained that Sanders was never publicly condemned for his remarks, Forbes reported. Schnatter also discussed growing up in Indiana, where he said people would kill African-Americans by dragging them from their trucks — a reflection that was interpreted as offensive by other parties on the call, according to the report.
This afternoon, Schnatter apologized. As Fox Business reported,
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
Looks like he said the right things. But, as is often the case in these circumstances, the apology came only after the comments became public.
I suspect this is what Schnatter was thinking:
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Now that they've been made public, I apologize. Simply stated, racism is appropriate only among friends you can trust and with no recording devices present.”
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