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New York - New Dinkins Memoir Blames Racism For Both Wins And Losses At The Polls

Published on: July 16, 2013 11:59 PM
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FILE - New York Mayor David Dinkins, accompanied by a rabbi, inserts a prayer on a piece of paper in the Wailing Wall on July 8, 1993, the Jewish people's holiest site inside Jerusalem's walled Old City. Reuters/Havakuk Levison FILE - New York Mayor David Dinkins, accompanied by a rabbi, inserts a prayer on a piece of paper in the Wailing Wall on July 8, 1993, the Jewish people's holiest site inside Jerusalem's walled Old City. Reuters/Havakuk Levison

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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 Jul 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM Zeidy Says:

Dinkins is blaming Giuliani because he knows that he is wrong and he was the worse mayor in NYC history


 Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM LionofZion Says:

Actually, he was calling you a fancy Shvartze because you were never seen in a suit, like someone elected to run city. It was always in your tennis outfits, as if any time you found yourself working it was just an inconvenient disruption to your tennis game. You were a horrible mayor, most fatefully to the members of your own community, who were the primary losers as the murder rate excceeded 2000 victims a year. So glad we got rid of you promptly. Please return to whatever rock you have been living under. G-d bless Rudy.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 01:25 AM Aron1 Says:

Nice try. Mr. Dinkins knew that the only way he can "spin" his loss in 1993 as racism is if he "fessed up" that his 1989 win was also racism. Well, he is half honest. 1989 was racism; 1993 was a the logical voter response to complete and utter ineptitude. He will live out the rest of his life knowing that he was one of the worst mayors of ANY city. Expect to find his "memoir" in Dollar Tree in the very near future.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 05:21 AM BarryLS1 Says:

Typical! It's never about the quality of the job he did. He may be right on why he won, but it loss stemmed from his being a disaster of a Mayor. The Crown Heights riots was just one of many examples.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 06:15 AM Anonymous Says:

He let the blacks run wide for 3 days. We need Giulani; not Dinkins or Holder that hold that we are a racist society and the blacks are the under dog. He and Holder have done more to divide the races than anybody else in the last 50 years.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 06:23 AM Longwave Says:

Dinkins lost his second term because was a failure in the first term. He was never able to blame himself, always blaming others. Typical.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 06:50 AM Ina Says:

Let's set the record straight. New Yorkers are not racists. Mayor Dinkins did not deserve reelection and Rudy Giuliani was one of the best mayors this city has ever had.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 07:01 AM victorg Says:

He only lost due to racism? Nothing to do with the fact that he was the worst, most unaccomplished mayor in N.Y.history, even worse than Lindsay?


 Jul 17, 2013 at 07:07 AM ItsMyOpinion Says:

It's easier to blame his failure on racism than to blame himself for an inability to govern. Remember, Crown Heights! Life in NYC under Giuliani was SOOOO much better. Crime was way down and you could walk the streets unafraid. After this next election, what do you think will happen?


 Jul 17, 2013 at 07:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Dinkins is a FABISIN SORE LOSER WHO JUST DOESN’T GET IT. He was a LOUSY mayor irregardgless of race. He was in over his head and incompetent. He created an atmosphere of more racism in this city by the blacks against the whites.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 08:09 AM Sore Loser Says:

Dinkins is a sore loser, period! For three days and three nights in the Summer of 1991, he let Black mobs riot, burn, and destroy areas of Crown Heights, and essentially ordered the cops to stand down. The cops in L.A. did essentially the same thing the other evening, when mobs rioted. Dinkins' Police Commissioner, Lee Brown, was also useless.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 09:16 AM mewhoze Says:

his race did not change from one election to the other so therefore he cannot play the ''race'' card.
as others have posted, he lost coz he did a bad job the first term.


 Jul 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM Butterfly Says:

He is just a sore loser. I wonder how many books he is going to sell??


 Jul 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM clear-thinker Says:

Mayor Dinkins won his first mayoral race, where I voted for him, because he deserved to win. He lost his second mayoral race, where I voted against him, because he deserved to lose. It was not racism. He might not have been personally responsible for what happened in Brooklyn, but he was the mayor. He showed no leadership during the Crown Heights pogrom. He showed no leadership during the Korean store boycott. Politicians take credit when things go wonderfully. They must be held responsible when things go badly.


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