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For Immediate Release:

December 11, 2007

Contact: Brian Mclaughlin

bmcLaughlin@core-online.org.

(212) 598-4000

 

Roy Innis, Civil Rights Pioneer, to Mentor Dwayne Chapman

 

Bounty Hunter, Duane "Dog" Chapman visits CORE Headquarters in New York City

 


 

      Roy Innis, National Chairman of CORE, Congress of Racial Equality, and other CORE officials met with Bounty Hunter Duane "Dog", Chapman on Tuesday, December 11 at CORE's National Headquarters in NYC. Innis agreed to mentor Chapman in his efforts to seek reconciliation and atonement for his careless use of the "N" word.

 

(l-r Beth Chapman; Duane "Dog" Chapman, CORE Executive Director,

George Holmes, CORE’s Advisory Board Chairman, Joe Lovece, Jr.

& CORE Chairman, Roy Innis.

 

       Over the years, CORE has provided a much sought-after resource for mediation between divergent groups,in part due to CORE's mission: ". . . to foster greater understanding and communication between the races and ethnic groups in the United States and globally.  According to Mr. Innis, "It's important to understand that we can not end racism without being willing to listen to the person that you believe has offended you. Duane Chapman has reached out to CORE because we have a reputation of giving people a chance to be heard in a neutral arena."

        

 

Dog and wife,

Beth pose with staff

at CORE’s Offices

in NY following

a meeting with

CORE officials

         

 

     CORE's Executive Director, George Holmes and National Spokesman for CORE, Niger Innis, will also be attending the first consultation. Niger contends strongly that the "N word" is being abused by the entertainment industry. He sees its use becoming so commonplace that people are desensitized to its impact.  He states, "Our reaction to the N word is a farce.

Dog and wife, Beth pose with staff at CORE’s Offices in NY

following a meeting with CORE officials

 

     There is absolutely a double standard in the media. A 'pass' is given to certain entertainers like Dave Chappelle. As much as I love Dave, he is allowed to do whole skits on the N word without public outcry. Rappers are also given a pass to use the N word with far more consistency and stereotyping." Niger believes that Duane is a victim of pop culture's "pass / no-pass system." He applauds Duane's efforts and  suspects that on some level he wasn't totally comfortable with the rampant use of the N word. Says Niger, "He was certainly trying to protect himself from the media, but he was also in a Freudian way, stating a problem."    

 

     Duane has expressed his eagerness to correct misconceptions about himself and to repair his breach of confidence. He particularly wants to restore the relationship he had with the Black community.  He erroneously believed that that word had evolved to be a term of comradery. Duane stated that hedoes not want to be seen as a white racist.  According to Chapman, he moved his family to Hawaii because he loved the racial diversity. Chapman's European and Native American ancestry, an ancestry Chapman has made part of his persona on his television program,has always made him aware that diversity is important.In the upcoming year, there will be a series of scheduled consultations between Roy Innis and Duane Chapman. 

 

     Mr. Innis hopes that he will be able to impart key ideas of the Civil Rights movement and in-depth analysis of the current state of race relations in America. He is pleased that Duane will be attending the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner on January 21, 2008.

 

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