Utah Representative apologizes for 'insensitive' NAACP tweet

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Following NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's punishment of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling for racist comments, a Utah lawmaker, David Lifferth, also found himself in the middle of it all after he stirred the pot with some tweets claiming the NAACP is a racist organization. Now Lifferth is apologizing. 

Lifferth posted this on his website Thursday: 

"I need to publicly apologize for my bad joke about Don Sterling and the NCAAP. My joke was in poor taste and insensitive to others. I have learned a lot in the past few days. The NCAAP is not a racist organization. My logic was flawed.

For the record, I grew up at Ground Zero of the Civil Rights Era. I grew up in a family and was taught by parents to love all people. I have been taught much and have a great amount of love and respect for my teachers, classmates, coaches, team captains, teammates, friends, best friends, church members, neighbors, roommates, and family members of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

I apologize for my insensitive words and hope that people can find it in their hearts to forgive a naïve person that truly does love and care for people of all races and nationalities. I have deleted my tweets and hope that they no longer hurt anyone's feelings."

David E. Lifferth

Lifferth tweeted, "We should have known Don Sterling was a racist when he gave money to National Association for Advancement of Colored People." When asked if he thought the NAACP was racist, he replied, "Yes, any group that tries to advance specific people based of their race is by definition racist."

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