Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn Tells Stephen Colbert the Dutch Enslaved Blacks in Brooklyn In 1898

Tina Moore, NY Daily News, September 5, 2012

Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke was the laughingstock of Brooklyn—and the nation—Wednesday after offering a preposterous explanation of New York history on “The Colbert Report.”

The politician told Stephen Colbert, in a spot that aired Tuesday night, that slavery persisted in Brooklyn until as late as 1898. In reality, slavery was legally abolished in New York in 1827.

“Some have called Brooklyn’s decision to become part of New York City ‘The Great Mistake of 1898,’ “ Colbert said. “If you could get in a time machine and go back to 1898, what would you say to those Brooklynites?”

“I would say to them, ‘Set me free,’ ” Clarke responded.

Pressed by Colbert to say what she would have been freed from, the black Democrat responded, “Slavery.”

“Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898,” Colbert followed.

“I’m pretty sure there was,” Clarke continued.

“Who would be enslaving you in 1898 in New York?” the quick-witted comic questioned, never one to let slip a priceless live TV moment.

Clarke responded: “The Dutch.”

Wrong again: The Dutch formally ceded control of New Amsterdam to the English in 1674.


As to the Colbert disaster, Clarke’s spokeswoman, Kristia Beaubrun, said her boss was just joking. “It’s supposed to be humorous.

Based on the feedback that we’re getting, some viewers understood that and some viewers did not understand,” she said, adding that Clarke couldn’t comment because she was at the Democratic National Convention.

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  • MekongDelta69

    I nominate her to be the first Astro-nette in the Sudanese Space Agency.
    ( )

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Lord, I wonder what the History department at Howard University teaches?

    • MekongDelta69

      That the Dutch enslaved black people in Brooklyn in 1898 of course! ( )

  • Blacks re-write history to suit their political agenda. Facts are irrelevant.

    • Like the claims about the Tuskegee Airmen. For decades we were told they never lost a plane, they shot down X number of enemy aircraft, etc,; like it was holy gospel. Then, when some war history researchers dug up a different story, the surviving Bantu airmen actually said, “what difference does it make now’? 

      • The__Bobster

        It wasn’t the Bantus who rewrote that history. Hell, they have a hard time writing anything at all. Should I look towards the usual suspects and whistle?

  • Detroit_WASP

    And Guam will capsize!   This is the brightest and best of mother Africa???

    • Ed_NY

      And this is the future of our once great nation……so sad.

    • Oil Can Harry

      After Hank Johnson and Yvette Clark made their moronic comments their congressional spokesmen issued press releases claiming they were joking.

      So you see, black Americans haven’t really been exhibiting low IQs the last few centuries; it’s all just been part of their comedy act.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        If a White person said things like this, they would be called out on it. Apparently it’s racist to point out the frighteningly low IQ of black leaders.

  • Sarge

    >>>As to the Colbert disaster, Clarke’s spokeswoman, Kristia Beaubrun, said her boss was just joking. “It’s supposed to be humorous.”

    There’s nothing funny about it. It’s shameful and disgusting. 

  • Ulick

    Yvette Clark:  “We don’tz need to have exack dates in knowin da white man is evil.  We juss know he’s evil.”

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    LOL, it’s pretty easy to see she wasn’t joking, judging from her lack of a sense of humor throughout the rest of the interview. 

    Let’s try to figure out what this woman’s “thought” processes were: she knew that whites are evil and she knew that blacks were  enslaved at one time in history, and 1898 is a pretty long time ago. Oh yeah, and she also knew that at some time in history the Dutch played a role in slavery. Put it all together, and the Dutch must have been enslaving blacks in 1898!

    Notice also that when Colbert called the concept of her going back in time with no knowledge of history “amnesia,” she said she wouldn’t call it amnesia, because she would know who she was. She obviously has no knowledge of the fact that you can have partial amnesia or amnesia when it comes to one set of facts but not another.

    It’s pretty obvious we’re not dealing with a brain surgeon here.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    A moron elected by morons.

    • JackKrak

      You can be sure that no one in her district will think any less of her for this.

      Or think about anything else, for that matter.

      • Up to my neck in CA

        To the Moderator: Why was my comment removed? She is a moron and anyone who voted for this fool is a moron! To think there was still slavery in 1898 is foolish. Others referred to her as a retard and their comments did not get removed, why?

  • I’m glad this clip made Amren; I saw the episode when first aired, and laughed so hard I fell over.

    • It’s hilarious, but sad. lol

  • Sorry the retard wasn’t joking, she was repeating what she learned. NY deserves their politcans.

    • dmxinc

       But we don’t.

  • dmxinc

    What’s really hard to believe is that the rest of us are forced to live under the laws created by these kinds of buffoons. 

    • Dan

       Dolts like Clark are plentiful in U.S. government. We have Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee and others that are equally stupid making laws in our country. If the U.S. were a ship it would sink at the dock.

      • The__Bobster

        Just name the whole Black Caucus and be done with it.

    • Kevin W. Cornell

      It is unfortunately not at all hard to believe, but it is definitely hard to accept and tolerate such absurdity, which I call the tyranny of the stupid.

  • Maximillian Heidenreich

    “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in
    favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the
    White and black races, (Applause) – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of
    making voters or jurers of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, not
    to intermarry with White people; and I will say in addition to this that there
    is a physical difference between the White and black races which I believe will
    forever forbid the two races living together on equal terms of social and
    political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain
    together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as
    any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White
    race…” – Abraham Lincoln

    I believe this say it all. Too bad this good advise has been ignored.

  • I think this is why the founding fathers restricted voting rights to land owners.

    When blacks say something stupid they were always “joking.”  The same claim was made by the guy who said Guam was going to capsize.

    • IstvanIN

       They wanted the franchise extended to people who had a vested interest in the future of the country. If you think about it how concerned is a black, who has a section 8 home, welfare, food stamps, medicaid, home energy assistance, telephone assistance, free public transportation passes, discounted auto insurance, etc., in the soundness of the state or federal government’s finances?

  • Like Obama saying there’s 57 states. 

    Michael C. Scott, do you get the impression that they’ll jump all over what a white person says about things like rape and a marathon, but give Bantus a pass on what they say; because there’s a tacit understanding that Bantus are intellectually inferior after all?

    I’m beginning to think that’s the case. Whenever a white says something controversial, they jump like kangaroos all over it.

    But when a Bantu says something stupid, the reaction tends to be, ah well, that’s just blacks being blacks. 

    • The__Bobster

      When did Joe Biden become black? The media always give him a pass, too.

  • IstvanIN

     If the British and French had never declared war on Germany, if Japan had never bombed Pearl Harbor, if Germany had not declared war on he US, in total the world would have been a much better place.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Although, in all candor, it’s rather childish for two grown adults to be talking about getting into a ‘time machine’ and changing the outcome of various historical events. Still, if I had such an opportunity, I would have prevented the presence of Black slaves entirely within the U.S. I would shredded the ‘civil rights act’ of the 60s, and limited immigration solely to European Whites. Many of our problems within our once great nation would have been solved right then and there. Oh well, it’s nice to dream.   

  • godzillabloggs

    The nazis are not my idea of white nationalists.  Among other ambitious projects, their plan for Ukraine required Ukrainians to be dispossessed and replaced by German farmers.  Some 30 million Ukrainians would have been allowed to starve.  (Source – The Taste of Wat – by L Collingham).

    • The__Bobster

      How many did Stalin actually starve to death? 10 million? More?

  • MrGJG

     On the money generalq,  I’m assuming you’re referring to those many white on minority “crimes” that turns out to be a hoax.

  • MrGJG

    Can I make jokes about slavery too? Or is that, like the N-word, only allowed if you’re black? Please update the double standard manual.

  • IstvanIN

     In TOTAL things would have been better.  Stalin’s Poland and Czechoslovakia, Mao’s China and Kim’s North Korea were hardly paradises.  Don’t think the Nazis or Imperial Japanese would have been any worse.

    • Stalin’s Russia was much worse re internal killing. But, Hitler’s regime was bent on genocide- their rate of killing was amazing. Also, USSR did not have extermination camps, neither they planned or committed genocide, full speed, against any nation. In Hitler’s plan, he intended first to enslave, then exterminate all Slavs & some other peoples. They would have ended like European Jews.

      No, thanks, I’m glad he lost.

  • Why is Stephen Colbert taken seriously by anyone ?

    He’s a moron !

    • The__Bobster

      Young libtards use him as their only news source.

  • The__Bobster

    The ones that came over from Poland and Russia hated our culture and set out to destroy it, unlike the ones from Northwestern Europe that arrived earlier.