Mrs. America founder made racist comments: contestants
The director of the Mrs. America Pageant allegedly made racist comments and told a black contestant, “You people need to stop killing each other,” and “You black women need to stop having babies,” Mrs. New Jersey Crissy Timpson charged Monday at a New York press conference.
Three other pageant participants — 2018 state winners Mrs. Missouri Brandy Palacios, Mrs. Delaware Kimberly Phillips and Mrs. Ohio Jeri Ward — allege that they also heard pageant founder David Marmel express similar negative stereotypes at a dinner.
Timpson said Marmel, 82, first allegedly made the remarks to her during an Aug. 18 interview with a pageant videographer.
The two were debating former quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial kneeling during the national anthem when Marmel allegedly said, “Well, you people need to stop killing each other.”
While feminist firebrand attorney Gloira Allred called the press conference she said the contestants weren’t seeking money or a lawsuit.
Instead, they just wanted to make the claims public.
Marmel did not return a message seeking comment.
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