NY Democratic mailer: Crime has gone up “over 50% in our negrohood so far this year” / Another Democrat censured for for sexual harassment

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    Aug 31, 2012 12:30 PM GMT
    Of course, there's a claim that it was a "typo" but imagine if a Republican had done this. The real racists don't seem to be Republicans - especially given how Democrats talk about minorities in the Republican Party.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-pol-negrohood-mailer-a-typo-article-1.1147632

    An Assembly candidate whose campaign sent mailers using the word “negrohood” to residents in his Sheepshead Bay district apologized Wednesday — calling the racially tinged language a “typo.”

    “As the candidate, I take full responsibility for this inadvertent error and I am sorry to anyone who was offended by it,” Ben Akselrod, who’s running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary against Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, said in a statement.

    The Friends of Ben Akselrod sent the mailers last week, claiming that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year.”
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    Aug 31, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    That's not a typo. But he got his message out to the voters. Obviously he expects getting the racist vote is what will win him the election. And that's all that counts for a politician.
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    Aug 31, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    Meanwhile, up in Canada...

    "From The Introduction: THE COLOUR OF DEMOCRACY: RACISM IN CANADIAN SOCIETY


    I am not a racist.

    She/he is not a racist.

    This is not a racist institution.

    Canada is not a racist society.

                In spite of the historical and contemporary evidence of racism as a pervasive and intractable reality in Canada, the above statements have become mantras, which, when repeated, cast an illusory spell that has allowed Canadians to ignore the harsh reality of a society divided by colour and ethnicity. Canada suffers from historical amnesia. Its citizens and institutions function in a state of collective denial. Canadians have obliterated from their collective memory the racist laws, policies, and practices that have shaped their major social, cultural, political, and economic institutions for three hundred years.

               Racialized beliefs and practices, although widespread and persistent, are frequently invisible to everyone but those who suffer from them. White Canadians tend to dismiss evidence of their racial prejudice and their differential treatment of minorities. Victims’ testimonies are unheard and their experiences unacknowledged. Public-sector agencies conduct extensive consultations and then fail to translate their knowledge into substantive initiatives. Government bodies establish task forces and commissions of inquiry on racism to demonstrate their grave concern; their findings and recommendations are ignored. Academics produce empirical studies documenting the ways that racialized and Indigenous peoples are denied power, equity, and rights, and the studies are then buried. Politicians and the power elite rationalize the racial barriers that prevent racialized communities, including Blacks, South Asians, Muslims, and First Nations peoples, among others, from fully participating in the political process, education, employment, media, justice, human services, and the arts."

    http://www.yorku.ca/fhenry/colourofdemocracy.htm
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 saidMeanwhile, up in Canada...

    "From The Introduction: THE COLOUR OF DEMOCRACY: RACISM IN CANADIAN SOCIETY


    I am not a racist.

    She/he is not a racist.

    This is not a racist institution.

    Canada is not a racist society.

                In spite of the historical and contemporary evidence of racism as a pervasive and intractable reality in Canada, the above statements have become mantras, which, when repeated, cast an illusory spell that has allowed Canadians to ignore the harsh reality of a society divided by colour and ethnicity. Canada suffers from historical amnesia. Its citizens and institutions function in a state of collective denial. Canadians have obliterated from their collective memory the racist laws, policies, and practices that have shaped their major social, cultural, political, and economic institutions for three hundred years.

               Racialized beliefs and practices, although widespread and persistent, are frequently invisible to everyone but those who suffer from them. White Canadians tend to dismiss evidence of their racial prejudice and their differential treatment of minorities. Victims’ testimonies are unheard and their experiences unacknowledged. Public-sector agencies conduct extensive consultations and then fail to translate their knowledge into substantive initiatives. Government bodies establish task forces and commissions of inquiry on racism to demonstrate their grave concern; their findings and recommendations are ignored. Academics produce empirical studies documenting the ways that racialized and Indigenous peoples are denied power, equity, and rights, and the studies are then buried. Politicians and the power elite rationalize the racial barriers that prevent racialized communities, including Blacks, South Asians, Muslims, and First Nations peoples, among others, from fully participating in the political process, education, employment, media, justice, human services, and the arts."

    http://www.yorku.ca/fhenry/colourofdemocracy.htm


    Heh - it's never difficult to find articles professing victimhood from York University. Nevertheless the reality is that insofar as it comes to the Native Americans or whatever the PC term of the day is, they have done themselves a terrible disservice given how they have used their power to govern. They continue to elect and coddle corrupt leaders with councils that are little better than most school councils except they have money - lots of it.

    And as for the disenfranchisement of minorities? Not really - given how much all parties attempt to invest in appealing to minorities here.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 saidThat's not a typo. But he got his message out to the voters. Obviously he expects getting the racist vote is what will win him the election. And that's all that counts for a politician.


    But imagine the difference had he been Republican...
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 saidMeanwhile, up in Canada...

    "From The Introduction: THE COLOUR OF DEMOCRACY: RACISM IN CANADIAN SOCIETY


    I am not a racist.

    She/he is not a racist.

    This is not a racist institution.

    Canada is not a racist society.

                In spite of the historical and contemporary evidence of racism as a pervasive and intractable reality in Canada, the above statements have become mantras, which, when repeated, cast an illusory spell that has allowed Canadians to ignore the harsh reality of a society divided by colour and ethnicity. Canada suffers from historical amnesia. Its citizens and institutions function in a state of collective denial. Canadians have obliterated from their collective memory the racist laws, policies, and practices that have shaped their major social, cultural, political, and economic institutions for three hundred years.

               Racialized beliefs and practices, although widespread and persistent, are frequently invisible to everyone but those who suffer from them. White Canadians tend to dismiss evidence of their racial prejudice and their differential treatment of minorities. Victims’ testimonies are unheard and their experiences unacknowledged. Public-sector agencies conduct extensive consultations and then fail to translate their knowledge into substantive initiatives. Government bodies establish task forces and commissions of inquiry on racism to demonstrate their grave concern; their findings and recommendations are ignored. Academics produce empirical studies documenting the ways that racialized and Indigenous peoples are denied power, equity, and rights, and the studies are then buried. Politicians and the power elite rationalize the racial barriers that prevent racialized communities, including Blacks, South Asians, Muslims, and First Nations peoples, among others, from fully participating in the political process, education, employment, media, justice, human services, and the arts."

    http://www.yorku.ca/fhenry/colourofdemocracy.htm


    Does it surprise you that we have racism in our country too - or that our professors consider it important enough to study and write about it? There are lots of really good other books too. "We are not Savages" is about the relationship between the Mi'qma'q and the same Europeans that setlled on the warmer side of the 49th parallel. They arrived with slaves too, and the same attitudes. It just so happened the Empire could not allow some subjects to be slaves while Britons are never ever ever to be..." so slavery was abolished by those shackled by tyrany, while the "free Americans" where "all men are created equal." was utter bullshit in large accusing print.




    One cannot legislate attitudes, only legal protections. The US and Canada came from the same bigotted euro-centric cultral stock. So I really do not understand what point Caslon thinks he is making.

    We had our version of jim Crow laws too - and we got rid of them because they were properly challenged before the courts and struck down - even before we had the Charter of Rights.

    I fully accept the explanation of "negrohood" being a ghastly typo. to suggest it was in any way deliberate or "revealing" is contempitible and reveals more the accuser's mindset. Deliberate choices in politics are VERY deliberate - something like that has no value to achieving electoral victoty and could only be a mistake.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
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    Caslon20000 saidMeanwhile, up in Canada...

    "From The Introduction: THE COLOUR OF DEMOCRACY: RACISM IN CANADIAN SOCIETY


    I am not a racist.

    She/he is not a racist.

    This is not a racist institution.

    Canada is not a racist society.

                In spite of the historical and contemporary evidence of racism as a pervasive and intractable reality in Canada, the above statements have become mantras, which, when repeated, cast an illusory spell that has allowed Canadians to ignore the harsh reality of a society divided by colour and ethnicity. Canada suffers from historical amnesia. Its citizens and institutions function in a state of collective denial. Canadians have obliterated from their collective memory the racist laws, policies, and practices that have shaped their major social, cultural, political, and economic institutions for three hundred years.

               Racialized beliefs and practices, although widespread and persistent, are frequently invisible to everyone but those who suffer from them. White Canadians tend to dismiss evidence of their racial prejudice and their differential treatment of minorities. Victims’ testimonies are unheard and their experiences unacknowledged. Public-sector agencies conduct extensive consultations and then fail to translate their knowledge into substantive initiatives. Government bodies establish task forces and commissions of inquiry on racism to demonstrate their grave concern; their findings and recommendations are ignored. Academics produce empirical studies documenting the ways that racialized and Indigenous peoples are denied power, equity, and rights, and the studies are then buried. Politicians and the power elite rationalize the racial barriers that prevent racialized communities, including Blacks, South Asians, Muslims, and First Nations peoples, among others, from fully participating in the political process, education, employment, media, justice, human services, and the arts."

    http://www.yorku.ca/fhenry/colourofdemocracy.htm


    Does it surprise you that we have racism in our country too - or that our professors consider it important enough to study and write about it? There are lots of really good other books too. "We are not Savages" is about the relationship between the Mi'qma'q and the same Europeans that setlled on the warmer side of the 49th parallel. They arrived with slaves too, and the same attitudes. It just so happened the Empire could not allow some subjects to be slaves while Britons are never ever ever to be..." so slavery was abolished by those shackled by tyrany, while the "free Americans" where "all men are created equal." was utter bullshit in large accusing print.




    One cannot legislate attitudes, only legal protections. The US and Canada came from the same bigotted euro-centric cultral stock. So I really do not understand what point Caslon thinks he is making.

    We had our version of jim Crow laws too - and we got rid of them because they were properly challenged before the courts and struck down - even before we had the Charter of Rights.

    I fully accept the explanation of "negrohood" being a ghastly typo. to suggest it was in any way deliberate or "revealing" is contempitible and reveals more the accuser's mindset. Deliberate choices in politics are VERY deliberate - something like that has no value to achieving electoral victoty and could only be a mistake.


    Except that you are precisely one of those who advocate victimhood and have made abhorable racist attacks. You would not have hesitated to suggest that there was more to this if this man had views that were different than your own. Oh wait, you have.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:43 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/nyregion/claims-vito-lopez-harassed-staff-cost-state-103000.html?_r=2

    Mr. Lopez, 71, was censured by the Assembly on Friday after an internal investigation substantiated sexual harassment allegations brought by two female employees in his office. But The New York Times reported over the weekend that a previous sexual harassment claim was quietly settled by the Assembly earlier this year, in an arrangement that included public money, a confidentiality agreement and mandatory attendance by Mr. Lopez at a sexual harassment workshop.

    The revelation about the amount of money that the Assembly paid to quietly settle a harassment case is sure to further stoke debate about the handling of harassment cases by Mr. Silver, the Legislature’s most powerful Democrat for the last 15 years. Officials familiar with the Assembly said they knew of no precedent for such a secret payment, and government watchdog groups called for an investigation.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Caslon20000 saidThat's not a typo. But he got his message out to the voters. Obviously he expects getting the racist vote is what will win him the election. And that's all that counts for a politician.


    But imagine the difference had he been Republican...

    Imagine if he had been Canadian. You wouldnt have said a word.

    If you spent a fraction of the time worrying about Canada that you do about the US, baby seals wouldn't be being bashed in the head.
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Hum. Apparently this Democrat understands the violent behavior that accompanies a "Chimp Out." icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    conservativejock saidHum. Apparently this Democrat understands the violent behavior that accompanies a "Chimp Out." icon_wink.gif



    what is "chimp out"?
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    Aug 31, 2012 2:10 PM GMT
    never mind. I think I have connected the reference.


    And now the thread title is mutating.



    This thread is just offensive.


    don't you ever feel even a scintilla of shame, riddler?

    No, that would require self awareness.








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    Aug 31, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidnever mind. I think I have connected the reference.


    And now the thread title is mutating.



    This thread is just offensive.


    don't you ever feel even a scintilla of shame, riddler?

    No, that would require self awareness.


    Far more than you apparently as you have shown time and time again. icon_rolleyes.gif