Adams: “Throw the Bums Out” Code for “Throw the Blacks Out”

Celeste Katz, New York Daily News, September 6, 2010

The breakfast preceding the West Indian Day Parade, as usual, drew politicians of every stripe {snip}.

There were the usual remarks {snip}.

And then there was Sen. Eric Adams of Brooklyn, who used his speech to give a shout-out to Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson who Adams called “the highest-ranking elected official descended from the Afro-Caribbean community.”

{snip}

Adams continued:

“When you look at the press, when you look at The Times and look at The Daily News, they’re talking about ‘throw the bums out’ and the dysfunction in Albany because we’re not functioning the way they used to do business. This is about removing men of color from power. And that’s not going to happen. We’re going to retain the Senate and make sure there’s checks and balances and complexity at the top ranks of state government. That’s why John Sampson will continue to be the leader of the State Senate.”

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