With one click of a mouse, Manatee County Boys and Girls Club CEO Marc Dosogne's email sent mixed messages.
"My thought process was that I want to make sure that we do whatever is the very best for our kids, to give them every opportunity to have them succeed out there in the world," Dosogne said.
The email Dosogne sent to a group of employees was to set out priorities for future hires.
"Some of the choice of words that I used weren't the best choices, and certainly not reflective of who I am and what is in my heart," he said.
Part of the email states:
"I want them to have stayed out of trouble, not have had children as teenagers, stayed clear of drugs, abuse of alcohol and tobacco, and to be able to have demonstrated how they are making healthy choices in their daily lives, in how they take care of themselves."
"What I am not interested in, is potential candidates coming in with a lot of tattoos, face piercing, dreadlocks on guys, people wearing baseball caps, sweats or baggy shorts, or anyone provocatively dressed when they come in for interviews."
Dosogne said while he was out of line his, intention was only to present proper role models for the kids.
"All too often, kids don't always understand how they should dress, present themselves, what employers are looking for. And that to me would eliminate opportunities for kids," he said.
NAACP Vice President and Palmetto City Commissioner Charles Smith said the letter is a setback for today's society.
"It is very hurtful, it is very harmful to women and it is dangerous. For him to paint a brush saying we no longer would hire these individuals, the simplistic thing is to get rid of him," he said.
He said there have been plenty of role models from all walks of life.
"If you can be a doctor or lawyer and you can't work for the Manatee County Boys and Girls Club, we don't need that instituting that into the staff to our children." Smith said.
Dosogne has been placed on a two-week administrative leave as board members decided what action to take against the email.
The NAACP has asked for Dosogne's resignation. They've placed a 15-day time period until they say they will seek legal action.
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