Friday, June 30, 2023

Mayor Hate Strikes Again

The day before the US Supreme Court more or less outlawed racial discrimination in college admissions, New York City mayor Eric Adams responded

to a woman who had interjected during his comments at a community conversation town hall in Manhattan. The woman had interrupted his remarks and accused the mayor of raising New York City rent and supporting increases.

"If you are going to ask a question, don't point at me and don't be disrespectful to me," Adams told the woman. "I'm the mayor of the city. Treat me with the respect I deserve to be treated. I'm speaking to you as an adult. Don't stand in front like you treating someone that's on the plantation that you own. Give me the respect I deserve and engage in the conversation up here in Washington Heights."

Don't stand in front like you treating someone that's on the plantation that you own.  That wouldn't be the mayor of the largest city in the most powerful nation on earth playing the race card, which can be a subtle ploy. This is something far worse. Of course, context is important. The New York Post report continued 

"Treat me with the same level of respect I treat you," Adams continued. "So, don't be pointing at me, don't be disrespectful to me. Speak with me as an adult because I'm a grown man. I walked into this room as a grown man, and I'll walk out of this room as a grown man. I answered your question."

Following his response to the woman, audience members and city officials briefly applauded Adams.

A politician's town hall is usually attended overwhelmingly by his or her supporters and even more thoroughly dominated by those supporters. It is very rarely a cross-section of the community so it would be unfair to accuse the residents of that part of Manhattan as worshipping an elected official who would be so brazenly, publicly bigoted. The reporter added

The mayor's fierce comments came moments after his initial response to the woman. He noted that he owns a three-family home in Brooklyn but has never increased the rent on his tenants. Adams also sidestepped blame for rent increases, saying the New York City Rent Guidelines Board makes those decisions.

 That's nice- if true- but Adams was at the meeting in his capacity as mayor and his impact upon New Yorkers is far, far less as a landlord than as a public official. And as a public official, he accused someone, who may have been a constituent and whom he probably knows little about, of parroting a slaveholder.  

Treat me with the same level of respect I treat you, Adams stated with little awareness of the irony encased in his obvious hypocrisy.  "So don't be pointing at me, says the tough guy with a security detail, to am 84-year-old woman who is several yards from him, is clearly smaller than he is, and who sat down promptly after she asked her question. 

Perhaps it's not surprising. As we've learned from the example of Donald Trump, biased individuals can be snowflakes, too, only with them it's shrouded in a veneer of belligerent machismo.  

This is the same emperor- uh, er, mayor- who in February of 2022 stated "God told me 'Eric, you're going to be mayor.'" A year later, Adams claimed "when I walk, I walk with God. When I talk with God" and a week later, "God said 'I'm going to take the most broken person and I'm going to elevate him to the place of being the mayor of the most powerful city on the globe.'"

This guy has a god complex. Worse yet, he may be captive to the belief that he really has been chosen by God. Now his intolerance has led him to condemn a woman because of the color of her skin. It is an untenable combination.

Hatred toward a person because of her race is wrong. That shouldn't have to be mentioned. But someone should tell Eric Adams, and the betting here is that no one will. Questioning God is not allowed.

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