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During the election season, Bill de Blasio was often painted by conservatives as a leftist radical. But at his inauguration today, it was not Mr. de Blasio who dropped the most aggressive lines, but the first two speakers at the event.
In particular, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., who was among several chaplains representing the city’s uniformed workers, surprised many observers by comparing the five boroughs to a “plantation.”
“Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness,” he declared. “Elevate our valleys. Make low our mountains. Make our crooked places straight and our rough places smooth. Oh God, oh God, oh God, break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.” …
“Oh God, on this first day of January–the anniversary of the first Emancipation Proclamation–sound forth the trumpets of heaven proclaiming a new Emancipation Proclamation in New York City,” he invoked. “From your divine leadership, emancipate every New Yorker from the shackles of fear, futility and frustration … Oh God, end the civil wars and usher in a new Reconstruction Era that builds upon the many successes and achievements of yesterday while proclaiming the beginning of a new beginning.”
Somebody should have told Martin Luther King not to waste all that time marching on Selma.
A new Emancipation Proclamation? For New York?
Oh, I don’t know, something about the inmates taking over the asylum?
Right at the top the Observer made a point of exonerating Bill de Blasio from the remarks made by Rev. Lucas, but who chose the speakers? Bill de Blasio might have had something to do with it. but shhhhhhh…
And before the right Rev. Fred spoke, Harry Belafonte put in his two cents worth. Harry, as you may know, was an out-of-work calypso singer turned out-of-work actor turned professional victim.
“New York, alarmingly, plays a tragic role in the fact that our nation has the largest prison population in the world. Much of that problem stems from issues of race perpetuated by the depth of human indifference to poverty….
No, Harry, much of that problem stems from issues of young black men murdering people perpetuated by the depth of jerkoff liberals like you making limp-ass excuses for them.
“We have seen America wrestle with her conscience. We have seen her struggle to become her better self. I think the solution to what most people want America to become resides here in New York. We can become America’s DNA for the future,” he said. ”Bill de Blasio gives New York another opportunity to open the door of possibilities.”
…America’s DNA? The door to…? Huh?
Listen, buddy, Bloomberg made New York salt free. That has to count for something.
You have to sympathize with Harry’s personal 50-year struggle with prejudice and oppression, though. He has just put his slave quarters on the market for a measly $15 million.
There are 2.5 million African Americans in the Naked City.
Who knew they couldn’t get out?
But Harry gets the last word.
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