Racism apparently feeds on racism among some in New York City. A neighborhood leader there is defending a receptionist of Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus for calling on New Yorkers to avoid Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and shops amidst the coronavirus.
This is happening while in Denver, a city councilwoman retweeted a tweet from a woman joking that if she came down with COVID-19, she would attend every MAGA rally she can.
According to the Washington Post, Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca shared the tweet which is now deleted. It read “For the record, if I do get the coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can.” The tweet also included three laughing emojis and the comment “#solidarity Yaaaas!!”
The original tweet may be taken down, but CdeBaca’s original comment remains. That tweet has become fodder for conservative radio hosts who are calling for the self-described democratic socialist to resign.
In New York, Assemblywoman Frontus has apologized for her receptionist’s actions, but a friend and public official is openly questioning why, reports the New York Daily News.
“Ms. Frontus should not have apologize [sic] but as a stateswoman she did … These Chinese restaurants in our community make millions of dollars off us,” Ronald X. Stewart wrote. Stewart is a Brooklyn borough community board appointee from Borough President Eric Adams.
“They don’t hire us; don’t donate to any of our events and express racism against us. Yes I said all this now attack me!” he bluntly said.
Brooklyn District Leader Nancy Tong is organizing a Brooklyn March against Racism. It will be held at 2 pm Thursday. Supporters are urged to gather at the Golden Imperial Palace on 618 62nd Street, 2nd floor.
They are calling on “Assemblywoman Frontus fire xenophobic staffer for spewing anti-Chinese remarks and also demand Borough President Eric Adams remove Frontus supporter and his appointee to Community Board 13 for racist comments amid coronavirus fears.”
Wayne Ho of the Chinese-American Planning Council joined in condemning Stewart’s remarks.
“Coronavirus is a public health issue,” he added. “It’s not a racial, ethnic or immigrant issue.”
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