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Posted: 9/12/2010 10:01:51 AM EDT

Dinkins: Hispanic candidate 'looks more like us'

By CANDICE M. GIOVE

Last Updated: 1:37 PM, September 12, 2010

Posted: 12:52 AM, September 12, 2010

EXCLUSIVE

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.

Levine, who called Dinkins' comment "insulting to the district and electorate," also took issue with its timing.

"The fact that they were delivered on the first day of Rosh Hashana added to their inappropriateness," Levine said.

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.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:16:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 3:17:04 PM EDT by DonOhio39]
If Limbaugh, or for that matter, anyone else, had stated the Levine "Looks more like us" it wouldn't surprise me to hear about riots and threats of other violence. Let alone the howls of outrage from Jesse and Al and the rest of that ilk.

Double standard? Doesn't count 'cause Dinkin is black. No surprise there.

Don in Ohio
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:20:07 PM EDT
Duck Finkins! you know what I mean!!!!
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:21:27 PM EDT
Racism.. just gotta love it..
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:21:45 PM EDT


I am shocked, shocked to find that a Black Democrat is racist.




Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:23:55 PM EDT
He was the worst NYC mayor of my lifetime there.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:24:02 PM EDT
I lived in NYC when Dinkins was Mayor. A lot of people voted for him "because he is black", and would "heal racial divisions". He was a disaster.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:24:36 PM EDT
The guy's entire legacy in NYC was building tennis courts
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:25:21 PM EDT
Mayor Dinkins is a scumbag.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:26:21 PM EDT
Fuck that racist piece of shit.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:32:56 PM EDT
Queuing "that's racist" GIF...
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:33:55 PM EDT
Racism is fine with the powers that be if the one spewing it is black. Don't expect an outraged media firestorm....
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 4:25:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Tomtbo:
I lived in NYC when Dinkins was Mayor. A lot of people voted for him "because he is black", and would "heal racial divisions". He was a disaster.


Remember the "Don't Dis Your Sis" campaign he had to try and get ghetto kids to stop sexually assaulting the girls at the city public swimming pools?
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