New York - New Dinkins Memoir Blames Racism For Both Wins And Losses At The Polls
New York - In an upcoming September memoir titled “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic,” 86 year-old former mayor David Dinkins blames both winning the 1989 mayor’s election and losing the 1993 election to Rudy Giuliani on racism, saying that the results of both elections stemmed from the same reason—-that he is black.
A NEW YORK TIMES (http://bit.ly/10YSN4N) profile of the upcoming book reveals Dinkins in a somewhat reflective mood as he willingly admits to a few missteps, most notably his handling of the Crown Heights race riots that were set off when a car driven by a Hasidic Jew killed a black child, and a black boycott of a Korean grocery in Brooklyn.
But Dinkins is also sharp-tongued in his criticism of former mayor Rudy Giuliani, who defeated him 1993.
Dinkins refers to Giuliani as a “cold, unkind person,” who “apparently has some difficulty apologizing for anything,” and stops just short of charging Giuliani with “inciting” police to riot after Dinkins backed a civilian review board to oversee the NYPD in 1992.
Dinkins also accuses Giuliani and his minions of spying during the campaign, while charging that Giuliani supporter, comedian Jackie Mason, calling him a “fancy schvartze” was “essentially calling me a nigger.”
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