A senior aide to New York City Bill de Blasio posted a photo of his sister Monday holding a sign saying “F**k whitemess.”
Lincoln Restler’s sister was depicted on a New York street along with their parents, who each held their own signs. Their mother’s sign simply says “Love,” and their father’s says, “Black + brown + immigrant lives matter.”
Accompanying the photo Restler wrote, “To celebrate my mama’s birthday we took to the streets to stand in solidarity with immigrant New Yorkers. #AquiEstamos #HereToStay”
The photo, which Restler said was posted in protest to white supremacy, was later deleted after he began receiving flak for it.
The New York Daily News reported:
One Facebook friend called the sign inappropriate. “There are good White People, and you are not going to make me feel guilty that I am,” the man wrote.
A second person wrote: “And you represent our mayors office?”
Restler joined the de Blasio administration as a senior police advisor and earns an annual salary $107,625 at City Hall.
Restler’s sister was apparently protesting white supremacy, according to de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips.
“No doubt the message was inartful and not clear enough in its intent and that’s why Lincoln took it off his page,” he said.
“He understands why people took offense to it and it certainly didn’t represent his views,” Phillips added.
Facebook friends weren’t the only ones to criticize Restler. The Daily News reported:
But in his own Facebook post Monday night, former City Councilman James Gennaro, who now works for Gov. Cuomo at the Department of Environmental Conservation, resurrected the item and blasted the fact it came from someone connected to the mayor.
“It seems that to the Mayor’s senior advisor, hate is okay as long as the right people (or the right racial “state of mind,” if that’s what is meant by “whiteness”) is hated,” Gennaro wrote.
He also blasted Restler for removing the post.
“As much as I detest hate speech, I would have more respect for the Mayor’s senior advisor if he would stand by his FB post and have the courage of his convictions to leave it up,” he wrote. “So I’ll do that for him — and post that which I claim to have disdain for, in order to give people a window into the mindset of a key figure of Mayor de Blasio’s policy team, because I believe that one who takes pride in hate and also makes mayoral policy is an incongruity as stark as the signs in his post.”
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