Please ignore the fact that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finds himself in the midst of several different investigations surrounding both sexual misconduct and his March 25th 2020 nursing home order during the onset of the pandemic.
Also don't worry about the fact that New York City is in an economic downturn because of the pandemic, the likes of which has never been seen for a generation.
Instead New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio wants to apologize for slavery. Something that was abolished in the 1800s but recently resurrected as a postmodernist cultural grievance.
We start off with Mayor De Blasio:
"Today I'm naming a racial justice commission. We've never had a model for actually addressing structural racism, institutional racism—identifying it, acknowledging it, formally apologizing for it, weeding it out, eradicating it, making the policy changes, changing the laws. If new laws are needed, if our Charter requires revision, this Commission will have the power to send proposals to the ballot for the people to decide."
Jennifer Jones Austin, Chair of Racial Justice Commission, then said: "Never has an opportunity of this magnitude been before me—frankly, before all of us. The only way to uproot racism in our city’s government structures is by attacking it at the core through charter revision. I look forward to working with and leading the Commission, engaging with and listening to New Yorkers, and in the coming months putting forward to you and to the City a report and recommendations that will do the most to end racism and advance truce and lasting justice and inclusion for all."
Back to De Blasio again: "Racism has been with us for 400 years, but it can be obliterated. It can be eradicated. It's going to take tremendous hard work, but it starts with a devoted group of people, and a group of people who have proven by their actions that they can make a difference."
The twelve-member commission has seated:
- Chair: Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Executive Director, FPWA
- Vice Chair: Henry Garrido, Executive Director, DC 37
- Executive Director: Anusha Venkataraman, Chief Service Officer of NYC
- Phil Thompson, Deputy Mayor
- K. Bain, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Community Capacity Development
- Ana Bermudez, Commissioner, Department of Probation
- Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary
- Daniel Favors, Interim Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College
- Darrick Hamilton, Director, Institute on Race and Political Economy, The New School and Henry Cohen Professor of Economic and Urban Policy
- Chris Kui, former Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality
- Yesenia Mata, Executive Director, La Colmena
- Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation
A forecast of what to expect: Oakland and a Chicago suburb have reparations programs in place. This means people get free money based on their race. Also the Jesuits have recently bent the knee to apologizing for slavery by pledging a $100 million trust fund to the descendants of slaves with a $15 million USD payment already in place.
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