Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory says he stands by his comments about black youth despite a call from the local N-double-A-C-P to apologize.
McCrory says he was commenting accurately when he wrote that too many youth are imitating or participating in gangster activity. He wrote that the problem primarily comes from African American youth.
The remarks came in a July Fifth letter to the city manager in which McCrory congratulated police for their presence the night before. Authorities arrested 169 people in uptown, most were black.
Ken White is the president of the Charlotte Branch of the N-double-A-C-P. He says McCrory's comments reinforce stereotypes.
McCrory says the comments were accurate, noting statistics that show more than 60 percent of Charlotte's gang members are black.