Senator Facing Backlash For Using N-Word During Talk With UConn College Democrats

A state senator invited to the University of Connecticut by a Democratic group ignited a backlash for using the “N-word” during their meeting.

The UConn College Democrats invited Sen. Gayle Slossberg, a Milford Democrat and one of three Democrats who voted in favor of a state budget proposed by Republicans, to speak on Oct. 3 about the impact of the state budget on the university.

“[Slossberg] began her remarks by describing her early work to remove books with racial epithets from grade school libraries,” a statement released by the NAACP and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on Thursday said. “Senator Slossberg repeatedly used the N-word in describing her work without properly referencing it as a euphemism.”

The caucus and the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP said they were deeply disturbed about the senator’s “poor lack of judgment.”