Time to play “what if a white pol had said that?”
Race-baiting politics once again strike in NYC. Via the NY Post:
Mayor David Dinkins encouraged voters to embrace a state Senate candidate because he looks “more like us.”
“It’s important, it is so very important, particularly for the people of this district who vote on Tuesday to recognize how important it is to understand that the city is changing,” Dinkins said in his endorsement of state Senate candidate Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat on Thursday.
“Most people in the city are going to look more like us than others and that’s just a fact,” Dinkins said.
Espaillat opponent Mark Levine, who is white, yesterday called on Espaillat, who is Hispanic, to denounce the divisive comment.
Espaillat did not repudiate Dinkins’ words.
“Mayor Dinkins is one of New York’s finest public servants, and he’s built his career around the principle that communities of different ethnic and economic backgrounds must work together if we want to bring about long-term change,” Espaillat said in a statement.
Espaillat and Levine are both frontrunners in the race to fill Attorney General hopeful state Senator Eric Schneiderman’s seat. The district includes the diverse population of the Upper West Side, Washington Heights, and Inwood, in Manhattan and Riverdale, in the Bronx.
Hey, why doesn’t Dinkins call for a caramel/“chocolate” city while he’s at it?
Seriously – just imagine for five seconds what would happen if a white politico said anything of the sort. Especially if he/she were a conservative. As usual, the double standards are alive and well on the issue of race-baiting, not to mention the fanatical obsession with identity politics. Let’s not make our choices based on the best candidate to fill xyz position. Let’s choose on the basis of race. As long as it’s a liberal Latino or black candidate, of course.
Move along here. Nothing to see …