School Board Member Uses Gay Slur For Trayvon Martin

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com August 14 2012 1:49 PM ET

A member of the Compton, Calif., school board may be recalled from his seat after using a gay slur to describe slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

In May, Skyy Fisher took a 60-day leave of absence after he said several disparaging things on a podcast, including calling Martin, an unarmed teenager killed earlier this year, a gay slur. He also ridiculed a father whose daughter was raped.

Fisher, 28, is also a member of the local NAACP, where other members are launching a drive to remove him from the school board, the Los Angeles Times reports. Paulette Simpson Gipson, president of the Compton NAACP, said Fisher "is not a role model for our children."

Another school board member, Marjorie Shipp, walked out of a meeting in protest when Fisher showed up before his 60-day leave was over.

"I think Mr. Fisher is a despicable human being with no integrity, decency or respect," Shipp told the Compton Bulletin, as quoted by L.A. Weekly. "The community wants him to resign, and I agree with them."

The organization needs to gather 10,000 signatures by October 7 in order to launch a recall campaign.