Mfume asks U.S. probe of Texaco remarks

Maryland Watch

November 08, 1996

NAACP President Kweisi Mfume yesterday called for federal investigations of Texaco executives' behavior at tape-recorded 1994 meetings at which they made "outrageous and scurrilous" racist remarks and allegedly discussed destroying minority-hiring documents.

Mfume said in a statement from NAACP headquarters in Baltimore that he has asked U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate whether criminal or civil rights violations occurred.

The leader of the nation's largest civil rights group also said he would meet soon with Texaco Chairman Peter I. Bijur, who has publicly apologized for the company, to discuss the organization's concerns.

Mfume said it was "insulting and demeaning to millions of Americans that senior officials at one of America's largest companies would use racial slurs and make anti-Semitic jokes while allegedly planning to destroy evidence in a racial-discrimination lawsuit."

Bijur said Wednesday that federal prosecutors and a grand jury in White Plains, N.Y., are investigating the racial allegations. The company also is investigating.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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