Valley NAACP leader resigns after sexist comment

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 06:19:51-05

The board of an Arizona NAACP branch has accepted the resignation of its embattled leader after he came under fire for comments about a female reporter.

The board of the Maricopa County branch made its decision regarding Donald Harris during a closed meeting Monday night.

The talk of resignation began after Harris made the controversial comment about the reporter’s body while outside a meeting decrying the use of the “N” word by a group of Desert Vista High School students.

Harris said he is sorry for saying that a female KPNX-TV reporter had "nice tits." He said it was a "stupid thing to say" and that he "screwed up." He also called his comment "inexcusable."

ABC15 asked Harris what comes next for him as he left the Monday night meeting. 

“I’m 78 years old, I’m going to die,” Harris said in an apparent joke. 

Harris has served for 13 months as chapter president of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People.

Dr. Ann Hart, who was the organization’s first vice president, will serve as interim president, according to board member Benjamin Taylor.