Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Arc Says Emanuel's Private Apology Not Enough

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has apologized – privately — for using the word “retarded” in a scolding of liberal activists last summer.
But now an advocacy group wants a public expression of regret.
“A private call does not seem to us to be what’s called for in this situation,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc. “Rather, there should be some kind of statement indicating that he understands what a sensitive issue this is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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