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Cap Metro Board member steps down amid controversial comments

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An embattled  Capital Metro Board member steps down after severe backlash from Austin's African-American community for her comments regarding hiring a black CEO.
The lone black board member Beverly Silas said in August Cap Metro should not consider someone black to replace outgoing CEO Linda Watson because Austin is not a good place for blacks in power to be successful. Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder condemned her remarks and called for her to step down. Linder listed off numerous Black Austinites who were successful in positions of power and added some of them even worked for Capital Metro.
Silas resigned Tuesday at Travis County Commissioners Court and apologized for her remarks, she was thanked for her service and walked out amid applause.

 

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