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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dinowitz Defends Dinkins Racially Polarizing Endorsement of Espaillat

Here is Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz in the Daily News defending the comments of former Mayor David Dinkins, who endorsed Adriano Espaillat by saying "most people in the City are going to look more like us than others and that's just a fact. It is not a bad thing. It is frankly a good thing." Instead of taking the opportunity to preach harmony, Dinowitz takes a cheap shot at Mark Levine, who is running against Espaillat, and was rightly offended by the statement.


  1. This is like a time capsule. David Dinkins hasn't been mayor since I was in 2nd grade!

  2. I just followed your link to Jeffrey Dinowitz's comments to the Daily News and I had to laugh. He won't even use Espaillat's last name because he's afraid that voters will confuse the name with Pedro Espada. But what's the difference? In a very real political sense, Espaillat and Espada are exactly the same guy.

  3. Yes, if you are under 40, I guess the Dinkins Administration must seem like eons ago.

    However, for mature voters in places like Riverdale, the Dinkins Administration is regarded as a failure so vivid it feels like it just happened.

    Espaillat might not realize it, but he needs an endorsement from David Dinkins like he needs a "loch in kup" (which is Yiddish for a "hole in the head").

  4. OK, so last week Jeff Dinowitz rushes to blast Levine's pseudo endorsement yet now he says Levine should stick to the issues?

    If Jeff fails to deliver Riverdale and Levine wins, he will once again find himself on the outside looking in.

  5. With former Mayor Dinkins's racially polarizing endorsement of Mr. Espaillat in mind, I just noticed the following item in today's New York Times about yesterday's stabbing of Lemrick Nelson Jr. (the black teen-ager, now 35, who confessed to fatally stabbing Hasidic scholar Yankel Rosenbaum in the 1991 Crown Heights Riots).

    By way of review, the Dinkins Administration horribly mishandled the four-day outbreak of racial violence in Brooklyn by initially withholding police protection from Hasidic victims of bands of rampaging black youths.


    September 12, 2010


    A man who was convicted in the stabbing of a Hasidic scholar in racial unrest that engulfed Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991 was stabbed early Sunday in Upper Manhattan, the police said.

    The man, Lemrick Nelson Jr., 35, was found unconscious on an exit ramp of the George Washington Bridge about 2 a.m., according to the Fire Department. He had a stab wound behind his ear, and an ice pick was found nearby. He was taken to Harlem Hospital Center in stable condition.

    Investigators were looking into whether Mr. Nelson had been attacked after a traffic dispute, the police said.

    The Crown Heights disturbances were set in motion on Aug. 19, 1991, when Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black boy, was struck and killed by a vehicle in the motorcade of the leader of the Lubavitcher Hasidic sect.

    The authorities said Mr. Nelson, then 16, was part of an angry crowd of blacks who, not long after the accident, descended upon Yankel Rosenbaum, a 29-year-old scholar from Australia, a few blocks away. Mr. Rosenbaum was stabbed four times and later died.

    Mr. Nelson was acquitted in State Supreme Court but then convicted in a federal trial. Aafter that verdict was overturned, he was convicted in a second trial of violating Mr. Rosenbaum’s civil rights.

    He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released the next year because he had already served time for the overturned conviction.

  6. I don't give a damn what Jeffrey Dinowitz thinks. I LOVE TO VOTE AGAINST WHICHEVER CANDIDATES HE ENDORSES! So keep freakin rock'n Mark Levine and Kathleen Rice! It takes a lot of guts to run for office, especially against such scum. + Kudos to you Tony Perez Cassino.

  7. Just like Espada and Espaillat have similiar names, I noticed that the names Dinkins and Dinowitz are not that far apart either. Ha Ha Hee Hee!

  8. that picture of Dimowitz is HILARIOUS.

  9. Regarding Dinkins's racist endorsement of Espaillat, here's a nice posting from



    Written by Rudi Stettner

    David Dinkins was a one term, third rate mayor of New York City. He had a speaking style that could put your foot to sleep. During the Crown Heights riots, he did nothing for 3 days, until someone almost hit him with a brick. Then he realised that it was serious and let the cops make arrests.

    On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Dinkins made up for the mind numbing boredom of his speaking style by saying something so stupid, it made people sit up and take notice. While endorsing State Senate candidate Adriano Espaillat, Dinkins noted as follows.

    "But it is 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. Most people in the city are going to look more like us than others and that's just a fact. It is not a bad thing. It is frankly a good thing."
    Since when is "looking like us" a qualification for office? Was it a qualification in the segregated south, or in apartheid South Africa? If a neighborhood is turning white, am I allowed to say that "It is frankly a good thing."?

    Espaillat, has not repudiated Dinkins' racially divisive remarks. His opponent, Mark Levine is a white Jewish man who is married to a Hispanic woman On the campaign trail, he doesn't look quite right to Dinkins. Did David Dinkins tell us anything at all about how Espaillat differs on the issues from Levine? Do we know anything at all about how the two candidates differ in ideology? The answer is clear. Dinkins is invoking racial solidarity to create a winning bloc of votes.

    Dinkins has not changed a bit since he was mayor. Once, when he was asked if he was going to visit Ellis Island, he replied as follows.

    "Ellis Island is for the people who came over on ships. My people came in chains."

    The fact is that many Caribbean, African and South American immigrants of African ancestry came to the US not as slaves but as free immigrants. One could argue that they faced racism, but they did not "come in chains".

    Dinkins trades in racial resentment painted over with a thin veneer of gentility that all too often during his career flaked off and showed the ugliness beneath.By law, he served as the mayor of all New Yorkers, but as shown by his Ellis Island statement and his Espaillat endorsement, his heart was not in the job.

    New Yorkers were fortunate to survive the David Dinkins mayoralty. We were not fortunate to have Dinkins as mayor. His racist endorsement of Espaillat, so devoid as it was of any discussion of issues faced by all New Yorkers is a vivid reminder of why New Yorkers voted that petty and prejudiced man out of office.

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  10. Dinowitz is very manipulative, and he is driven by jealousy and fear.