Black leaders speak out against opposition to St. Paul's fire chief
Leaders among St. Paul's black community are speaking out against the opposition for the city's fire chief.
Black leaders held a news conference at the Martin Luther King recreation center to support St. Paul's first black fire chief, Doug Holton.
"Race is the core of the discussion," said Nathaniel Khaliq, the president of St. Paul's NAACP and a retired firefighter.
Chris Parsons, a black firefighter, challenged Khaliq's comments, insisting that opposition for the fire chief is due to poor management and leadership. Several other firefighters support Parsons' comments.