Rick Caruso, who is chair of the USC Board of Trustees, bought a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times today.
It could be another step toward launching a bid to run for Mayor of Los Angeles, which he said in past interviews was a possibility.
Excerpt from the ad: “Redemption requires admission. It requires contrition. I know I can never fully understand what the Black community experiences: the fear, pain and anguish of oppression and inequality. Over the past two weeks I have listened and tried to gain understanding. What became very clear to me is that, as well-intentioned I have been, and as hard as I’ve tried, I’ve fallen short. I’ve tried my best over many years to help in the best way I know how to support and work with organizations that serve the most underprivileged children in Watts. I realize now that I need to do more and haven’t done enough and for this I am sorry.”
You can read the full statement here.
Caruso was national finance and California campaign co-chair for John Kasich’s presidential bid in 2016.