Just Stop

by on Aug.25, 2009, under New York, Politics

David N. Dinkins, New York City’s first black mayor, offered some blunt advice on Monday to David A. Paterson, New York State’s first black governor: Don’t accuse your critics of racism.

Mr. Dinkins was reacting to comments Mr. Paterson made in a radio interview on Friday that he was the victim of a racially motivated news media campaign to keep him from running for election next year.

At first I thought this article was your standard example of “whenever one black person says something about another black person, it’s news.” But no:

Mr. Dinkins, who has been close to the Paterson family for decades, took issue with the governor’s comments.

The Obama administration is also displeased:

On Friday, Patrick Gaspard, President Obama’s political director, telephoned the governor’s secretary, Larry S. Schwartz, to express displeasure at the remarks…

In fact, yesterday the president’s spokesman had to distance himself from Paterson publicly. The basic problem, as Dinkins put it, is that “Right or wrong, it’s a fight you sure can’t win.”

I’m sure David Paterson has his pride. He’s accomplished a great deal in his life (careerwise, at least), and it has to hurt to see everyone turn against him for things he obviously believes aren’t his fault. But whining about Frederick U. Dicker’s regular bashing of him in the New York Post isn’t going to help. What did he expect from the Post? Fair treatment?


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