Latino organizations speak out against radio host - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Latino organizations speak out against radio host

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Gary Craig posts video about Latino Fest in Hartford. (YouTube) Gary Craig posts video about Latino Fest in Hartford. (YouTube)

Local Latino organizations are speaking out after a radio host released a controversial video earlier this week.

Gary Craig, a radio personality for WTIC 96.5, has been criticized for the video, during which he makes comments about Latino food trucks in New Haven.

"And here's one that just says Mexican food. I got to tell Donald Trump about this place. He might want to put a wall around it,” he’s heard saying in the video.

Craig previously came under fire after he posted a video about Latinofest that some considered inappropriate

"That was uncalled for. I mean especially with the situation and the very sensitive time that we're in right now,” said Victor Luna, Hartford Latinofest president and CEO.

Jose Ortiz, President and CEO of the Hispanic Health Council said the behavior is unacceptable.

"More than even, we are at a time when the diversity that makes our state so rich must be embraced. There is no place for the kind of destructive, racist and divisive messages that Mr. Craig has disseminated in the role of a journalist. In doing so, he has shown himself to be unfit for the role he plays," said Ortiz.

Ortiz also called for the radio station to fire Craig.

"The Hispanic Health Council calls for WTIC to do the responsible things--remove Mr. Craig from his show, apologize to the state and take active steps toward making WTIC a culturally competent station that supports and embraces the diverse communities of our state," said Ortiz.

It is unclear whether the station will penalize Craig for the video.

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