Black Leaders Showing Signs of Frustration with Mayor de Blasio

Nikita Stewart and Alexander Burns, New York Times, May 17, 2015

Dozens of black ministers, justice reform advocates and civil rights activists and four black members of Congress gathered last Monday at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to discuss a delicate matter: What to do about Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Over the course of the morning meeting, attendees voiced a series of concerns: Mr. de Blasio, some complained, seems to have lost his appetite for criminal justice reform. The mayor, they said, has been too slow to take action against the police officer whose use of a chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man on Staten Island, led to Mr. Garner’s death. Other participants grumbled that Mr. de Blasio and his staff have simply not done enough to communicate with black community leaders on issues like affordable housing.

The unusual congregation of community influencers, convened by the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, was part gripe session, part strategic huddle, revealing the first hints of frustration with a mayor who won 96 percent of the black vote when he was elected in 2013.

Black voters have been an essential base of support for the mayor, remaining largely enthusiastic about him even as his support has wilted with other groups in the city. The bonds were forged in Mr. de Blasio’s early criticism of stop-and-frisk policing, and reinforced by politically resonant images of his biracial family broadcast during the 2013 campaign.

Yet the perception that Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, has eased up on his commitment to police reform has plainly begun to rankle some: At a weekend gathering this month at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat, publicly lamented that “broken windows policing,” the aggressive enforcement of minor violations, was still policy across the city.

Mr. Jeffries, who also attended the gathering at Abyssinian, said in an interview that there was “growing disenchantment with the administration in the black community.”

“The disenchantment relates to policing issues, the mayor’s support of broken windows, his lack of support for banning chokeholds and his willingness to support making resisting arrest a felony,” Mr. Jeffries said, adding: “We’re very early in the mayor’s first term, and there’s a lot of room for progress.”


Mr. de Blasio’s advisers strongly dispute that he has hit a rough patch with the city’s black political establishment, or with the black electorate. Indeed, a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that the mayor remains on solid footing with African-Americans: 68 percent of black voters approved of Mr. de Blasio’s job performance, compared with 44 percent of voters over all. (A majority of white voters said they disapproved of the mayor.)


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  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t think they’ll be happy until any White cops are lynched for killing black thugs. And even then they probably won’t be satisfied.

    • baldowl

      They won’t be satisfied until they’re given license to lynch every last one of us.

      • Sick of it

        And after that they would slaughter each other to take what they could get.

      • Dr. Rieux

        Was the civil rights movement(sic) ever really about equality, because now it’s obviously a naked power grab?

        • bilderbuster

          No, but it’s hard to believe so many fell for the “equality” line.

        • They were only “united” with the White liberal do gooders while they needed them. Now, they are feeling their oats and realize that “YT” is disunited and losing power. They don’t need to be subtle.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            The fate of all “useful idiots”. The liberals think they’re so smart and superior, how do they not know the fate of traitors?

      • Jason Lewis

        Then after we’re gone and America turns into the third world we’ll be racist for not being here to fix things.

        • Dr. Rieux

          Yup. They’ll genocide us and then blame all their problems on white flight.

          • I can see it now: “The problems of the community were caused by the politicians who brought the immigrants here to exploit them and to take power away from the African Americans.”

      • A Freespeechzone

        I’m ready; let the blackies ‘bring it on’!

        License or not, they are severely outnumbered and out gunned.

        They will experience again and again the concept of Self Defense.

        • Pat Boyle

          One of the mysteries that haunts me is the question – why can’t black people shoot?
          I’m not a great shot – but I’m a good shot. I wasn’t the best shot in my regiment in Basic but I was among the best. Yesterday I shot a crossbow for the first time. I seem to be a good crossbow shot too. I’ve never lost at darts either for what that’s worth.
          I’m anything but a natural athlete but shooting only takes a little concentration.
          But black people always seem to be terrible at shooting. There are some hilarious YouTube videos on ‘Ghetto Marksmanship’. Before it was cancelled the TV show ‘Top Shot’ used to have all these national champion shooters as contestants. There were almost no blacks.
          In any kind of foot race the blacks guys always win. But when they pick up a gun, the blacks miss.

          • ElComadreja

            They’re not great swimmers either.

          • Deep North

            Most black “gun crime” is committed at close range and even then they don’t kill their targets. Read any police blog and you’ll often find more Blacks shot and wounded than KIA. The homeboyz probably don’t have access to a pistol range to practice so that’s a good thing. They also wear their pants baggy style; forfeiting a proper belt and holster combination.
            For some reason shooting can to me pretty naturally compared to other things I try, and I am thankful for that. The homeboyz also have terrible taste in firearms IMO. I know that they’re criminals and will use whatever weapons are available to them; but in my local police blotter I saw a pic of a single action revolver used by a gangbanger WTF?

    • TomIron361

      That’s always been the point I think. They’re unhappy about being black and they know not even us White people can fix that.

      • bilderbuster


        • ElComadreja

          They wish to be us. Since that’s impossible they want to destroy us. We’re the living reminders of their apelike status. Even mating with us only produces a slightly smarter ape.

      • Every day they look at us, then look back in the mirror and must really feel rage at what they see. There is nothing worse than being reminded of your own inferiority. Worse, we are also smarter, behave better, and are even forgiving of them. They can’t even bask in moral superiority. No wonder they hate us.

        • Dr. Rieux

          I’d be angry too if every time I looked in the mirror, I saw a broad-nosed, fat-lipped, wire-haired lascar with empty gaze staring back.

      • Jim Kental

        Blacks have an obsession with white people and whiteness (at Freudian levels). When they can afford it, they live in white areas, work with whites, marry whites, send their spawn to white schools, etc.

        • ElComadreja

          Yes. Everywhere they’re not wanted.

    • TruthBeTold

      The fact is, when it comes to blacks, there are no workable solutions because it’ ain’t the cops. It’s blacks. And no one have the orbs to tell them to their face.

      • ….and that has been the problem for the last fifty or sixty odd years.

        • ElComadreja

          Before that they “knew their place” and kept their crap to themselves.

      • Albert

        It’s quite a catch 21. We will always outperform them because of inequities in our biology. For as long as the inequities remain so blatantly apparent, they will point to them as absolute proof that racism still exists. It’s like an albatross tied to our white necks.

        • ElComadreja

          It’s called the white man’s burden.

    • MBlanc46

      They’ll never be satisfied until we’re they’re slaves.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        Or dead.

    • BleedALot

      I think they just want carte blanche to run wild. The majority of blacks seem to think that whatever they want to do they should be allowed to do. They are so small minded and unaware of the larger world around them that it is truly amazing.

  • MekongDelta69

    Disband the entire NYC Police force.

    Get back to me in about month… week and tell me how that’s working out…

  • His most loyal bloc of voters was black women, who turned out in very high numbers. Why? Because he’s a white man married to a black woman. For much the same reason that Scandal is the highest rated prime time TV show for black women.

    This is why he has nothing to worry about insofar as the black vote goes, in spite of the preachers’ screaming.

    • Deacon Blue

      As much as I detest Black men, I seriously hate Black women substantially more.
      Aside from the head bobbing, finger wagging, condescending lectures they like
      to engage in at the worst possible times, their hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance
      is even more astounding. Out of one side of their moufs they bark about how
      they are losing too many bruthas to the coal burning crowd and at the same time
      outta da other sidez of dey moufs they will all say, “you go gerlfarend” to any
      Black woman who manages to attach herself to some White dude with a Bongo
      fetish. They are even more useless than Black men. Less than useless?

      • Black women think they’ve “made it” if a white man shows interest in them. Because they think we’re all hooked into the white privilege system.

      • No, black men are useless. I actually feel a bit sorry for most black women. The “civil rights movement” was actually only a victory for black men. The black woman was left behind as society glorified the black man. He was given freedom to pursue the White man’s women, and she was abandoned. Most black women can’t get a husband. Miscegenation is for more common for black men than women. Black women are even smarter than the men; they have to be because they know they will be the sole breadwinners. I don’t blame them for having “attitude.” Look at the race of men they are attached to! No, sorry, I disagree entirely on what you say about black women.

        • ElComadreja

          They’re ALL useless.

      • evilsandmich

        bongo fetish

        Yeah I don’t get it myself; even given that though black dudes take easy offense if a white guy makes off with their , err, women. Noty worth the trouble if nothing else.

        • Albert

          The bongo fetish is puzzling when you consider that roughly half of all black women are infected with std’s. Even more puzzling is the black response to that fact. Some choose to believe it’s a lie invented by whites. Some believe in a white conspiracy that is infecting the black race with std’s in an attempt at racial genocide.

      • Albert

        You need to be more positive. I find their behavior very amusing on youtube. Especially the meltdowns they have in restaurants.

  • Dr. Rieux

    The civil rights movement was an abject failure. Blacks are mired more deeply in criminality, lack of achievement and general dysfunction than they were fifty years ago, before we squandered trillions of dollars of scarce taxpayer money on them. Instead of lifting blacks up, it pulled them down and the rest of society with them.

    • Caesar Avgvstvs

      The Left’s policy of massive Third world immigration, as well as the culture of entitlement it fostered, has hit blacks the hardest and will probably destroy their identity as a separate people. The truth is that the black man’s best friend has always been a tight labor market, not more immigration or LBJ “Great Society” handouts.

    • One: I care about Whites, not blacks.

      Two: It was not a complete failure, as you say. Sorry to disillusion you, but blacks have succeeded in completely demoralizing White society. They are treated as a sacred race now, one that must not be offended. Poverty? They seem to be able to have lots of kids from where I sit, and their kids seem pretty fat and strong from where I sit. What don’t they have? No, sorry again for disillusioning you, but remember that the worst thing to do in a fight is to underestimate your opponent. The blacks won; we lost.

      (btw, I notice that most of the comments from neo-cons, who say things like, “blacks have lost, too…” usually come from White conservatives who are rarely around blacks. I am around them. I know who lost. As I said before, we did.)

      • evilsandmich

        As they say, it depends on how you define success. It was always about vengeance not opportunity.

    • exlib93

      Well said.

    • MBlanc46

      But we have disproved the equality thesis. The elites don’t accept the proof yet, but every day it becomes clearer and clearer.

      • Dr. Rieux

        They can’t keep pi$$ing in the wind forever.

        • MBlanc46

          I hope that you are right.

    • ElComadreja

      27 trillion was the last estimate I heard.

  • Cheri Rodriguez

    If I ever had to be a cop (or civilian) in New York City, I would have rather taken my chances under Koch or Dinkins vs. this guy.

    • nicholasstix

      Not Dinkins. There’s no difference between Dinkins’ politics and de Blasio’s. Dinkins was elected, based on his promise to be a “racial healer,” and instead we got 24/7 race war. Sound familiar?

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        Yeah, but at least with Dinkins you knew you were getting a black guy. With de Blasio, you were getting a black guy in White sheep’s clothing.

        • ElComadreja

          A Vanilla Oreo.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Better unleash Dante, Your Honor.

    • Katherine McChesney

      You mean his burrhead son?

  • Bongo bongo bongo, gimme gimme gimme!

    I someone offered me a million dollars a year to work in my old field as a chemical engineer in the microelectonics industry in New York City, with my gun rights completely restored, I’d tell him to take a flying f**k at the moon.

    • Steve_in_Vermont

      You’re right there. Even with the right to carry a gun in NYC if you are white, and shoot a black, it won’t matter how justified you are. Black leaders complain about His Honor not taking action against the officers in the Eric Garner case. Apparently they forgot a grand jury did not charge the officers.

      • Blackfish

        It’s actually a pretty segregated city. Depending upon where you live and work you don’t have to worry about the criminally minded blacks. Most of the whiter areas in Manhattan are also crawling with cops. I rarely feel unsafe.

        • George Costanza

          I’m in Williamsburg bk and I can definitely say that gentrification is a positive thing for Whites.

  • AmericanCitizen

    This should be a warning to all the deluded white liberals who think that because they hate Western Civilization too urban blacks are on their side. It doesn’t take the ferals long to turn on the hand that feeds them.

    • He who bites the hand that feeds him will always lick the boot that kicks him.

      • MBlanc46

        I’m sure that you could write a book on your criminal justice system and prison experiences. I wish you would.

        • My current book project is about US navy fleet air defense after the Germans began using guided missiles against ships in 1943.

          • MBlanc46

            Let me know when there’s something available to read. And if you do decide to do something on your experiences, I know you’ve got an audience here.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        I wish you’d post it, your comments always make me think and are most appreciated.

        ETA: and write that book!!

        • The clue for that was actually hidden in plain sight. Please, no matter how smart you are, never investigate that very deeply. It brings only despair and will brand your soul. I kept a journal of an ideology I keep to myself. My wife opened the book, and vomited.

          I love my family. I have never cheated on my wife and never will. My secret is that I have no secrets, but I understand things and wish no harm.

        • JohnnyMangoes

          I wonder how you feel knowing that the bulk of these white nationalists on Amren prefer Asian women to white ones.

          That’s too bad, since as a half-Asian of above average height, intelligence and wealth even I don’t judge women half as harsh as these white males do.

          • Accept being what you are. I do.

            Now you’re saying that the bulk of us guys here prefer Asian women. I loved my high school girlfriend. She was tall, blond and Scottish-Dutch. It would never have worked out because she was a liberal. I still love her, over 30 years later.

            My wife is short and Japanese. I love her every bit as much as I did Diane. When I was locked up, Sayaka wrote to me. That takes a lot of heart, so it seemed proper to ask her to marry me.

          • JohnnyMangoes

            A conservative, white nationalist who has been to prison – married to a self-hating Japanese woman with a half-Japanese child that will in all likelihood rebel against him. Sounds like you’ve got it made.

          • Heaps better than you do.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            It doesn’t really bother me, I’ve never had any problems with white men and I’m married and have kids with a white man. If they choose Asian women over white, then it’s their misery. People here are all about facts and statistics, and the facts say that mixed-race marriages are way more likely to end in divorce. People from such different cultures, races, etc., just can’t make it work in the long run. You yourself have said that you have identity issues related to being a haafu, perhaps those with yellow fever might learn from you. I do feel sorry for you, because it has to be very hard to be in-between, with a foot in each world, but belonging to none. I’m sure you love your parents and family, which must only add to the confusion and anger. It would be nice if those with the fetish could think about their actions and the effect it would have on any hypothetical future children.

            However, a lot of white women have become utterly unappealing. I can understand white men not wanting loud, rude, butch “independent” women that will likely ruin them financially and take their kids when they’re not “happy”. And if I was a man, I certainly wouldn’t want any white who has been with a black, and a lot of them have.

            Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, judges women more harshly than other women. Imagine how a race-realistic white woman that’s more traditional and has a lot of kids and stays home with them is treated by most women. If you don’t fit in, and conform, you get smacked down.

          • JohnnyMangoes

            Just wondering why you hang out with these kinds of people, at least online.

            Seems weird, doesn’t it?

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            Who should I be hanging out with online? I’m a weird person, so it suits me.

          • JohnnyMangoes

            Their behavior, I mean. In my experience a lot of these guys blame white women for the downfall of the white race.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            It takes two to tango, and there’s blame for both.

          • ghettovalley

            I have never met an Asian woman that I find attractive. Plus many Asian countries have horrendous and backwards cultural practices that I find repulsive. For example, the Chinese fascination with rhino horn and the Japanese slaughter of dolphins. Sure your people are better than blacks or south Americans, but you definitely have your share of issues and dysfunction.

      • Rhialto

        Also found in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

  • John Smith

    Marxist Warren Wilhelm just can’t win – he’s too far left for most NYers, yet not far enough for the negroes.

    • Dr. Rieux

      And Summer’s not even here yet.

      (This should be good.)

  • Hilis Hatki

    Guess they will have to install the “Black Phone” in the Mayor’s office.

  • Dr. Rieux

    When I read that first paragraph, a meeting ofJar Bink’s and other Gungans came immediately to mind.

    • George Costanza

      Even the most primitive Gungan society still surpasses the most modern negro one

  • Who Me?

    “Other participants grumbled that Mr. de Blasio and his staff have simply not done enough to communicate with black community leaders ”
    What? Trotting out his black woman and half-breed kids, and running through the streets yelling, “Hands up, don’t shoot” wasn’t enough?

    • Cuddles

      Maybe he can commit suicide to show his allegiance.

  • WR_the_realist

    Blacks are hopeless if they think de Blasio isn’t crazy leftist enough for them.

  • dd121

    This is their first attempt to ban whites. It won’t be the last.

  • No matter what a White politician does, it is never enough to satisfy blacks. The last White politician who won over blacks was Mike Niphong, of Duke Lacrosse infamy. And he did it by maliciously prosecuting three young White college students for a non-existent rape.

    Does anyone still need any more proof of how racist blacks are? You must actually hate your fellow Whites to get blacks to like, or even trust you, plain and simple. Getting black support and White support is like getting Nazi support and Jewish support.

    • Cuddles

      That’s it in a nutshell.

  • JohnEngelman

    Mayor Bill de Blasio knows that even in New York crime victims out vote criminals.

    • Cuddles

      No no no I really don’t think he gets because he doesn’t want to get it. The facts of life are brutal, hard and conservative and there’s nothing that can be legislated or voted on to change that ever.

      • JohnEngelman

        Conservatives can be as delusional as liberals. People on either end of the political spectrum allow their feelings to influence their judgement of what is true and false.

        Thirty four years after the inauguration of Ronald Reagan most conservatives still think tax cuts generate more tax revenue than tax increases.

        • Alexandra1973

          Reminds me of the question–do your let your views determine your politics, or do you let your politics determine your views? (Something like that.)

          I let my views determine my politics. It’s because I hold these views that I’m considered to be conservative. I don’t believe in toeing the party line–“if conservatives believe this, then I should too.”

          As I’ve told my mother countless times, I don’t care so much about right vs. left as right vs. wrong.

          • JohnEngelman

            There are conservative aspects to my thinking. I am pessimistic about human nature and human potential. I think there is often wisdom in tradition. I distrust abrupt economic and social changes in any direction.

            Nevertheless, to the extent that I am a conservative, mine is a conservatism that is without concern for the economic well being of the rich. The Republican Party exists in order to advance the economic interests of the richest ten percent of the American population. Anything else it talks about is an effort to win elections.

          • Alexandra1973

            Once upon a time the Democrat Party was more or less the “people’s party.” Working men and all that. Seems to me it’s been hijacked by all the crazy left-wingers.

            I like neither one.

          • JohnEngelman

            The left has always been dedicated to the ideal of equality. Unfortunately, many American leftists do not want to acknowledge that policies like affirmative action, forced school busing, and unlimited immigration to the United States jeopardizes the interests of white blue collar workers.

            The inability to make connections is typical of political ideologues. Most on the right do not understand the contradiction between desiring lower taxes, more military spending, and a balanced budget.

          • Now the left is dedicated to forcible equality. I once paid more in income taxes than most people earn.

          • They’re not really conservative anymore. The RINOs wave the flag and posture about Jeeeeeebus, but they’re just jackals competing with vultures over the flyblown carcass of what used to be our country.

        • ghettovalley

          Neither party cares about middle class America. In fact, it seems almost as if they’re both actively attempting to destroy it.

          • JohnEngelman

            I wish I could prove you wrong about the Democrats, but it would be difficult.

  • Jim Kental

    The dumb blacks want to return to the early 1990s NYC under Mayor Dinkins where blacks were killing off other blacks in record numbers.

    • George Costanza

      yea and victimizing whites, NYC back than even up into the mid 90’s was still predominantly white.

    • Rob

      I like black on black crime.

      • They get used to doing that and then kill someone who is otherwise useful.

        • Rob

          Like white people.

  • pennawhytmn

    This is great. Blacks and Liberals are there own worst enemies and are starting to eat each other. Blacks will eventually make realists out of virtually everyone. It is evolutionary science that makes their behavior completely predictable.

    • Cuddles

      It’ll be too late by then.

  • HJ11

    Mayor de Blasio is a self-hating miscegenationist. He has destroyed his White family line by mating with a Black and having non-White children. Spit!

    • Rob

      That too with a lesbian negress.

  • Sid Ishus

    “…not done enough to communicate with black community leaders on issues like affordable housing.”

    ” affordable housing” really means “someone needs to pay my rent”

    • Cuddles

      They want lifetime welfare from the top to the bottom. They’ll for any Marxist that can guarantee it regardless of colour.

      • Dr. Rieux

        In other words they want back onto the plantation and mass’a to take care of them.

  • MBlanc46

    Let’s see, Abyssinian Baptist Church (any others old enough to remember the Hon. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.?) vs. Bill de Blasio. Bill de Blasio vs. Abyssinian Baptist Church. I fell like Buridan’s Ass, but the piles of hay are equally undesirable.

    • Lexonaut

      ” (any others old enough to remember the Hon. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.?”

      I do. Things are different today — the Congressional Black Caucus would never stand for it — but Adam Clayton Powell was so corrupt that after one of the election cycles the House refused to seat him

  • superlloyd

    Even a self hating, white traitor can never be stupid or corrupt enough for de blag main. The gibs are never enough for the very Revrum Butts, Hakeem and their useless, parasitical ilk.

  • martinstuart

    liberals just don’t put much importance on well run cities. they just don’t care.

    • BleedALot

      They want the cities to fall apart. They welcome chaos.

  • Illidan Stormragge

    DumBlasio is a failure.

  • George Costanza

    Warren Wilhelm knows that if he gives the radical blacks what they want, the city would tailspin into chaos and another Giuliani would be elected. He’s just trying to keep NYC in Democrat hands.

    • Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. If DeBlackio gives the nigtards a free ride on crime, the electorate is going to get sick of it and elect a real piece of work as Mayor from as far right as they can go: maybe a retired army corporal with an odd mustache.

      • Pragmatia

        Yes, a very solid mustache, with a distinct orthogonal quadrilateral shape.

        • It’s funny. Our retired Austrian army corporal originally had a big “Wyatt Earp” style cowboy mustache, but he had to trim it so it would fit under a gas mask, and then kept it that way. Those old German gas masks were leather, soaked in linseed oil until they were relatively impermeable; the British naval blockade kept them from importing rubber, and good synthetic rubber was decades away.

          I still waterproof my boots with linseed oil. It polymerizes into a soft, flexible plastic. This is how linoleum was originally made.

  • zamzow

    The Wall street masters of the universe leaned on this crazed libbo cloud dreamer and told him they wont tolerate the Visigoth’s and Vandals returning NYC to the Fun city days pre broken windows Giuliani era.

  • Snazzy Snook

    Hmmm, seems Mr.DeBlowsio got himself in a pickle, eh ?
    Hmmm who to side with ?

  • Pat Boyle

    Maybe he should do that dance again where he slaps the floor?

  • AFlaVet

    I’m thinking that every cop in the country should pull out of the ghetto’s and let them burn … riot, loot, rot and kill each other…so that the libs can finally see….all of America can see what a waste of time this is. And let them “police” themselves.

    • GAWZ

      Except it is still going to be YT’s fault. Regardless of whatever kind of action (or lack of action) is taken, it will always be our fault. It has to be that way; that is where the free gibs are and it has always worked in the past. I wonder if they are smart enough to know that the day YT stops hopping at their every snarl and growl, it’s going to be over with.

  • ricpic

    I once read that something like 40,000 affluent families living in NYC pay half the city taxes. Those families may or may not have voted for DeBlasio but they are certainly not DeBlasio’s base, which is overwhelmingly black and hispanic and of course is slavering to get whitey. My guess is that that base will reelect DeBlasio. When NYC descends into its inevitable dystopian future what’s to keep those families in NYC? Nothing. Next stop…Detroit.

    • GAWZ

      If you were one of those “affluent families”, would you live in that hell hole? It would be time to move out to Long Island or upstate somewhere and then visit NYC every once in awhile.

  • GAWZ

    Black church sermon = anti-white hate speech.