Flanked by his supporters, the Rev. Eugene Rivers III publicly apologized yesterday for his recent comments partially blaming a surge in violence in the Cape Verdean community on the lack of strong male leadership, saying that the issue had become "a distraction."
Yves A. Isidor - executive director of We Haitians United We Stand for Democracy, which has also called on Rivers to apologize - said he had not seen the letter of apology, but accepted Rivers's expression of regret over the remarks.
1. The Rev. Eugene Rivers III angered many Cape Verdeans last month when he attributed increased violence among Cape Verdeans to a lack of male leadership. Yesterday, surrounded by supporters, he issued a public apology for his remarks, which he made on WGBH television. Members of the Cape Verdean Task Force declined to comment on Rivers's apology. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / JUSTIN KASE CONDER 2. An apology Rev. Eugene Rivers III publicly apologized yesterday for his comments partially blaming violence in the Cape Verdean community on what he insisted was a lack of strong male leadership. B3. Photo ran on Page B1. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / JUSTIN KASE CONDER