Posted on July 3, 2024

NYC Politicians Want to Create Office of ‘Black Male Excellence’

Jon Levine, New York Post, June 29, 2024

While New York City’s in the red, one lawmaker is seeing black.

Bronx City Councilman Kevin Riley has introduced a bill to create the “office of black male excellence.”

“We are dedicated to addressing systematic inequalities and create pathways for opportunities for more black and brown men in New York City,” Riley said when introducing the legislation earlier this month.

“An office of black male excellence liaisoning [sic] with our city agencies will ensure that the intersectional needs of this group are considered in policymaking and essential program implementation,” he added.

Fellow Councilmen Yusef Salaam (D-Manhattan) Chi A. Ossé (D-Brooklyn) and Chris Banks (D-Brooklyn) — a trio of lawmakers he affectionately labeled “the hood caucus” — co-sponsored the bill.

If enacted, the mayor would appoint a “director of black male excellence.”