NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (no relation) responded to Mayor Eric Adams’ attack on the protest movement during an interview Wednesday night when asked about the 40 percent spike in violent crime since his administration began.
Mayor Adams had questioned whether Black Lives Matter advocates really know what they are asking with their repeated claims to defund the police after three young black people were killed and 13 wounded earlier this week in one night.
“I certainly don’t speak for the mayor, I never would because I can’t,” the city’s top lawmaker (D-Queens) told reporters during an unrelated press conference. “What I would say, though, is that people who believe black lives matter care about black lives. Period,” Councilwoman Adams said.
“When are we going to start asking the asking the serious question — if black lives matter then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now,” he concluded. “We can’t be hypocrites.”
City Hall defended the mayor’s remarks after Speaker Adams’ rebuke, saying that Adams simply stated he was “hopeful that more New Yorkers will stand up and show their outrage when innocent black and brown individuals, many of whom are children, are victims to gun violence.”
How does any politician — whether black or white — take a position against the soaring numbers of gun and stabbings in the city recently and still hold a major position in the city government?
Councilwoman Adams, who is from Queens, should be held accountable for her comments and actions within the City Council.
The mayor for his part harkened back to his childhood when he said. “So I ask the question that was asked of me as a child, it’s 10 p.m. do you know where your children are,” he added, referring to a famous public service announcement that ran on TV stations as the city averaged more than 1,500 murders annually in the 1970s and 80s.
Unfortunately as I wrote on Thursday, three teens were being stabbed as they went to school in the morning on the subway.
New Yorkers need to rid ourselves of these “woke” politicians, who have limited knowledge of how NYC works and how precarious the city is right now.
Taking a line from days gone by, “If you can make here, you can make it anywhere.”
In reality why would you want to make it here in NYC, when there are so many better places — both economically and with less crime — where you can make it.
However it is “up to you New York, New York.”