More and more, it seems Democrats are proving to be exactly who many conservatives always thought they were.
Offering a disturbingly divisive message Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams let newcomers know that they are not welcome in New York City, according to the New York Post.
White newcomers from the nation’s heartland, of course — as those coming illegally from south of the border continue to receive a warm embrace in the sanctuary city.
Speaking in Harlem at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Adams has a dream of “leading a New York City that is home to far fewer Midwesterners,” the Post reported.
“Go back to Iowa. You go back to Ohio,” Adams declared, according to the newspaper. “New York City belongs to the people that was here and made New York City what it is.”
“Go back to Iowa, you go back to Ohio. New York City belongs to the people that were here and made New York City what it is,” — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday, railing against gentrification and the affordability crisis.
Posted by Spectrum News NY1 on Monday, January 20, 2020
It’s not by accident that Iowa and Ohio are 91 and 82 percent white, respectively, as Adams, as former New York state senator, spoke against gentrification.
For the record, Adams is the leading fundraiser in the 2021 mayoral race, raking in $437,099 in political contributions during the past six months, with major donations from the real-estate industry, the Post reported.
Adams complained social crises like drug abuse and gun violence were ignored when they only affected the nation’s “black and brown community.”
The “unapologetic” Democrat suggested that the slain civil-rights icon would surely embrace his racially divisive stance.
“If you know the spirit and anything about Dr. King, he did not allow others to be comfortable while everyone else is living in horrific conditions,” Adams proclaimed.
Taking issue with the “displacement of the people who made this city,” Adams added: “You were here before Starbucks. You were here before others came and decided they wanted to be part of this city.”
His remarks were greeted with cheers and applause from several hundred on hand, according to the Post.
Taking fear-mongering to a whole new level, Adams claimed newcomers are “folks who not only hijacking your apartments and displacing your living arrangements, they displace your conversation and say the things that are important to you are no longer important. And they decide what’s important and what is not important.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein issued a reluctant statement on Adams remarks that essentially straddled the line.
“The mayor doesn’t agree with how it was said, but the Borough President voiced a very real frustration,” Goldstein said in the release.
“We need to improve affordability in this city to ensure New Yorkers can stay in the city they love, but New York City will always be a city for everyone.”
The reaction online seemed to focus on a black man being able to say in post-Obama America what a white man cannot.
Here’s a quick sampling of a few responses from Twitter:
White folks: the only way you’re allowed to move into the great borough of Brooklyn now is if you donate to Adams mayoral campaign. Cash only please
— dave winfield (@NotTheHOFer) January 21, 2020
Now imagine if a white GOP elected official told a group to “go back” to where they came from. I thought Democrats here welcomed everyone from everywhere? What gives!
— Bob Capano (@BobCapano) January 21, 2020
When a Texan says “go back to California” or a Floridian says “go back to New York” it’s because of backwards thinking xenophobia; when a New Yorker says “go back to Iowa” it’s because they’re bravely defending their community against the ravages of gentrification
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 21, 2020
“Go back to Iowa” seems pretty racist…
i think thats how the game is played.
— johnny nas (@Johnny__Nas) January 21, 2020
The people that made it what it is? So, he wants the Dutch, English, Italians and Irish to take care of what they built? ?
— American??Purrl’sMom (@dorisloan4) January 21, 2020
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