Recently comments on this blog were posted by a Star staff member, which included offensive, insensitive and wholly inappropriate words in reference to Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council President Monroe Gray. Those comments have been removed. These comments absolutely did not meet the standards of The Star. I apologize to Council President Gray, and to all communities who with good reason were highly offended by the remarks.
The most offensive comment Biddle made in a diatribe against the city's African-American leaders was a comparison of City-County Council President Monroe Gray to Zip Coon, a negative caricature of black men dating back to the days of slavery. Biddle eventually removed that reference from his blog posting, but the balance of the post, including a comparison of the actions of black Democratic leaders over the last several years to something right out of "Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat", remained online. With Ryerson's announcement today, all of Biddle's posts have been scrubbed from Expresso. It is unclear what, if any, other actions have been taken against Biddle by the Star.
Ruth Holladay has more here.
UPDATE: Abdul Hakim Shabazz is reporting that the Star fired Biddle today. "Indianapolis Star Editorial writer Rishawn Biddle was fired this afternoon for comments seen as racially charged that appeared in his blog Expresso," Shabazz writes. "Sources inside the Star say Biddle's job as a columnist was to bring the community together, but instead divided it when he criticized a number of Black Politicians in Marion County."