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A Democrat candidate for the New York City Council race, which will be held in November, has on her campaign an apparent racist who reportedly takes issue with there being too many white and Jewish people living in the Upper West Side neighborhood of NYC.
Quinn Mootz, the campaign manager for West Side Democrats’ member Sara Lind, posted controversial comments to Twitter this past Tuesday in which she first complained about the neighborhood’s alleged “diversity problem” and then defended herself from backlash by claiming that Jewish people don’t count as “people of color.”
According to The Jewish Press, her first tweet, since deleted, read as follows: “As of 2018: 10.8% of the population is Asian, 4.1% black, 14.1% hispanic, and 68.4% white. So yeah ima go ahead and say the UWS has a diversity problem. Of your 191,000 residents…. 130,795 are white.”
To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with a neighborhood being predominantly white. In addition, anyone who thinks otherwise is likely a racist.
That being said, not mentioned in Mootz’ tweet was that the majority of the Upper West Side’s “white” residents are reportedly Jews. When critics responded to her complaint by pointing this out, she replied by doubling down on her racism.
“Jews are not POC for just being jewish sorry,” she reportedly tweeted.
If she thought the backlash against her first tweet was rough, she in was in for a rude awakening. Besides blasting her on Twitter for her racism, members of the public also began digging through her tweets for other examples of racism. What they wound up finding was a treasure trove of what one critic called “wacko.”
Here’s one example:
— Enrique in the BK 🦞 (@enrique_pause) April 14, 2021
Wacko Anti-Semitic from Wisconsin or wherever she’s from is OK with chaos on the streets because the NYPD’s hands are tied. pic.twitter.com/q4ATNSKLxg
— BrooklynJester (@BklynJester) April 13, 2021
Speaking with the New York Post, Upper West Side resident Steven Dzik wondered whether Mootz’ boss shares her radicalism.
“I have to assume the campaign manager’s views reflect the candidate’s. Mootz’s comment shows contempt for the residents of the neighborhood she hopes to represent,” he said.
“The Upper West Side is not simply predominately white. More than half the white people are Jewish. Jews have been a separate people for a millennia. To simply group Jews as white people comprising one undifferentiated homogenous group is bigoted and is engaging in simplistic stereotyping,” he added.
But to hear Lind’s campaign tell it, she and Mootz are the real victims.
“Our campaign manager happens to be Jewish. She finds these attacks to be very hurtful. The comments are being taken out of context to be used against Quinn. They’re liars,” a campaign spokesperson told the Post.
Meanwhile, Lind posted a woe-is-me tweet Wednesday announcing that her campaign “is officially off @Twitter” because of the alleged trolling and harassment it’s faced.
Our campaign is officially off @Twitter. We’ve been trolled relentlessly with slurs, sexual assault & death threats, and anonymous cowards spreading misinformation. I will happily discuss our platform with anyone interested in having a conversation #IRL, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Z3s0g8HdL8
— Sara Lind (@saraklind) April 14, 2021
Not included anywhere in Lind’s tweet or even anywhere on her whole feed is an apology for Mootz’ remark, let alone even a simple condemnation. Nor is there any mention of her other deplorable behavior, like reportedly cursing out her boss’s constituents.
One tepid supporter responded to Lind’s tweet by pointing out that he hasn’t “read a single tweet” of a critic harassing or threatening her and her campaign.
The supporter also noted that, if anyone’s been acting badly, it’s been her and her campaign officials via their push to defund the Upper West Side, their alleged doxxing of residents and their habit of calling locals racists.
View the criticism below:
Sara, at least walk away with some honesty. I haven’t read a single tweet where you or CM had assaults /death threats hurled at you. I’d defend you if true. Taking away safety of a neighborhood, doxxing residents, calling us racists etc. is not an effective campaign strategy.
— rosh (@a_uaeian) April 14, 2021
Interesting, you can dish it out but as soon as someone challenges you in a respectful way, you have a campaign manager spew expletives and disgusting behavior. So walking away is the way to resolve things? Take responsibility, you would earn more respect.@saferstreetsny
— commonsenseny (@boostuup) April 14, 2021
Let’s be truthful – your campaign manager went on an expletive-laden tear like a petulant child while addressing constituents. How are voters of NYC supposed to trust you when you don’t practice accountability and you attract talent like this to your team in managerial roles? pic.twitter.com/SxmaxOuDih
— Reza Chowdhury (@RezaC1) April 14, 2021
@saraklind: “Our campaign is officially off Twitter.”
Probably for the best when your campaign manager spent all day yesterday cursing out voters and praising violence. The UWS deserves much better than this. pic.twitter.com/HNGby7DHns
— Enrique in the BK 🦞 (@enrique_pause) April 14, 2021
Mootz has for her part reportedly deactivated her account. As of Saturday morning, her LinkedIn profile showed that she was still employed by Lind.
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