Leftists from multiple activist groups in New York City are complaining that they can’t attack Mayor Eric Adams (D) by calling him racist without looking silly, as the mayor is Black, while some speculate that White leftists in NYC are not speaking out because they fear being perceived as racists.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that union leaders, prominent members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and even elected assembly members are having a hard time, as they all want to criticize Adams for his policies on crime, but they can’t rely on their usual accusations of racism to make their point.
One example cited by the outlet was a complaint from Assemblywoman Latrice Walker of Brooklyn — who is also Black — who lamented that the current mayor’s proposed police reforms were similar to the policies instituted by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).
“At least when it was Giuliani, we had a finger to point at him to say: ‘He’s racist and this isn’t fair,’” the Democrat assemblywoman said. “But how do you do that when the mayor is a Black man?”
At least when it was Giuliani, we had a finger to point at him to say: ‘He’s racist and this isn’t fair,’” Assemblywoman Latrice Walker said. “But how do you do that when the mayor is a Black man?” https://t.co/cBBy7XDDXH
— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) July 23, 2022
Other Black activists are suggesting that the left’s objections to the mayor are being stifled. Anthonine Pierre, director of the non-profit Brooklyn Movement Center, claimed that White leftists were self-censoring their negative opinions towards Adams because they fear being called racist.
“I think White people know that they can’t really speak right now against Eric because they are going to look like racists,” Pierre told The Times. “Particularly in an age of internet political correctness, I think people who are not Black are very apprehensive about saying anything.”
According to White leftist Jeremy Cohan, co-chair of New York City’s branch of the Democratic Socialists of America, Pierre might be correct. Cohan claimed in a statement to the Times that Black leftists are morally superior to White leftists, and therefore that is why non-Black leftists have remained silent on the issue.
“Black progressives definitely speak with an air of moral authority,” the DSA co-chair said. “In politics, there’s shared experiences and shared interests. I think our belief in D.S.A. is that we need political leaders that have both of those things.”
The New York Times also noted that Cohan is hoping that Adam’s declining approval rating in recent months will lead people of all races to feel more comfortable in expressing their opinions about the mayor.
“What actual improvements of working people and peoples of color lives have you shown?” Cohan said regarding Adams. “Nothing much to speak of.”
Critics took to Twitter to respond to the story, with many of them pointing out that the comments featured in the New York Times article revealed that leftist criticism is often based on racism and prejudice, but not actual policy-based objections or logical arguments.
“It’s almost as if… instead of just pointing fingers and calling names we should… *learn how to advocate for policies we like*,” Lyndsey Fifield replied.
“When you say it out loud,” National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty pointed out.
“Says a lot,” wrote The Daily Sneed, a popular account with more than 15,000 followers. “This stupid kind of prejudiced mentality is more common than one would like to imagine.”
“When they say the quiet part out loud: ‘It’s easier having White people in charge because then we can blame things on racism,’” said Twitter user ‘Small Metal Owl.’
“LMAO. Title should read ‘We can’t use baseless accusations of racism when the people in charge aren’t White! I don’t know how else to get what I want!’” responded Rafal Ganowicz.