Singapore: Private Members’ Club 1880 has apologized, including an “insensitive and inappropriate” question about the murder of African-American George Floyd, according to an Instagram post posted on Monday (May 3).
Club Derek said it was about the trial of Derek Chauvin – a former US police officer convicted of Floyd’s murder and how long Floyd had his knee on his neck.
“Last night, 1880, made a mistake. We are incredibly sorry for this by reading the post signed by the club’s chief executive, Gene Low.
“The question was insensitive and inappropriate. The very mention of the subject was completely out of line and shows a serious lack of judgment. “
The killing of George Floyd last year sparked waves of protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the world.
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In response to questions from the CNA, 1880 founder Mark Nicholson stated that he takes full responsibility for the incident.
Mr Nicholson said the club is “an inclusive safe place for our community to discuss important issues and topics that matter to all of us.”
He said that the club has the responsibility to “lead with accountability” both internally and externally.
Mr Nicholson said: “We have become the cause of a lot of pain and discomfort, and we expect this opportunity to grow and improve. We now want to make room for most of the therapy.”
The club, which opened in 2017, also said the event was “not a reflection of (its) values”.
“1880 is about relationships and inspiring conversations that help us understand each other better, in a united desire to end dogma. We were unsuccessful on this day.
“We will work hard to learn from this and will be committed to taking all necessary steps to reestablish our trust in us.”
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Club members expressed displeasure over the incident.
One member, who only wanted to be known as Jason, said: “I found it very disturbing, extremely insensitive, and extremely disappointing, given the time we are in.”
“(The George Floyd case) is something that has happened recently and is a catalyst for conversations about race and equality.”
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He said that his disappointment stems from the fact that there were many stages on which anyone could ask an inappropriate question, catch it before it was asked.
“Somebody had to think about it, write it down, and it should be asked further. Someone would have to see it and provide approval, and eventually there was someone who asked it.
Jason said, “Any person who feels the loss of life is despised to be despised.”
Some social media users were forgiving, one of whom said: “To err is human, to forgive God. Renown for being accountable
But one Instagram user said: “Being accountable is more than a public apology … do more, do better, change!”