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During a debate Wednesday, a black New York City mayoral candidate accused another black NYC mayoral candidate of not having the right to speak for “black and brown communities.”
The two, Dianne Morales and Ray McGuire, are among a number of candidates seeking to succeed outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
At the final primary debate Wednesday, the two feuded specifically over defunding the police, which Morales, a far-left candidate, staunchly supports.
“Let’s be very clear. For black and brown communities, neither defund the police, nor stop and frisk, nor private security …,” McGuire tried saying at one point in time.
But Morales cut him off, saying, “You don’t speak for black and brown communities. How dare you assume to speak for black and brown communities as a monolith.”
McGuire tried replying, “Because I talk to black and brown communities.”
He was cut off again.
“You cannot do that!” Morales claimed.
“Oh, I just did do that,” McGuire promptly responded. “And you know one other thing? I’m going to do it again.”
Watch the back-and-forth exchange below:
One of the more spirited moments during tonight’s NYC mayoral debate: Dianne Morales v. Ray McGuire about views on policing.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 17, 2021
Morales replied by accusing McGuire of trying to erase the “young black and brown people” who she claimed started the “defund the police” movement.
McGuire responded by reiterating once again, “Black and brown communities do not want either defund the police or stop n’ frisk.”
Replying to his assertion, Morales said that she, one person, disagrees, and therefore he is “certainly not speaking for me.”
In that regard, she was right. But as for the whole black community, Morales was mostly wrong.
An Ipsos/USA Today poll published in March found that only 28 percent of black Americans support the “defund the police” movement.
And so it’s true that some black Americans support it. However, since an overwhelming majority of black Americans oppose it, McGuire wasn’t in the wrong to argue that black Americans are opposed to defunding the police. It was a rhetorical statement, but one nevertheless based in truth. It’s the same sort of argument Democrat politicians and their media allies routinely use against Republicans.
During then-President Donald Trump’s second impeachment earlier this year, Democrats eagerly touted polling data claiming that a majority of Americans wanted him to be convicted and barred from holding office again. Yet nobody complained about their rhetoric — and despite valid concerns about the legitimacy of the media’s polling data.
In this case, there appear to be no valid concerns about the polling data from Ipsos/USA Today.
Meanwhile on Twitter, there are some tweets expressing support with McGuire:
Who will protect black women from abusive blk men? Who comes for US?
— FrannyBayBe (@ChinaLee_secret) June 17, 2021
But he is right.MOST Black and Brown communities want police reform not to defund the police because we all recognize that we need a police force.Especially in areas where there is heavy crime. Plus racism is an American issue, defunding the police isnt going to solve the problem
— Ashley Nicole Lee ❤️💙🇺🇸 (@MadamAshleyLee) June 17, 2021
— Japheth Parrish-Wright (@jwrightnyc) June 17, 2021
However, there were also many tweets in support of Morales.
Black man here. @RayForMayor does not speak for me. Carry on.
— Jeremy Edwards (@jeremymarrell) June 16, 2021
You don’t speak for me
— Corwin Green (@geecorwin) June 17, 2021
Go off 🗣 @Dianne4NYC like please dnt speak for blk & Brown communities we want to Defund NYPD stop the lies @RayForMayor We need resources accessiblity not faster path to Jail so y’all can continue to get rich on back of blk & brown communities – invest in us❤️ #PoliticsForAll
— Shaquana for Brooklyn (@shaquanaforbk) June 16, 2021
This isn’t the first instance of Morales making headlines.
In January, she bragged about collecting donations from the unemployed:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 27, 2021
Most recently, she, a far-left activist who virtue-signals for a living, refused the demands of her campaign staffers’ union.
“A group of more than four dozen staffers calling themselves the Mayorales Union sent a letter to Morales on Thursday morning detailing specific demands, including a salary floor of $25 per hour and severance packages worth two weeks of pay for staffers who leave the campaign ‘voluntarily or involuntarily,'” City & State reported at the start of the month.
“As of the last filing deadline on May 17, Morales’ campaign had nearly $3.8 million on hand. The letter also requested that Morales not spend her campaign funds on the ‘same old political tactics,’ but rather on events such as community grocery giveaways and multilingual teach-ins on ranked-choice voting,” the outlet added.
Morales, a so-called “progressive,” refused every demand.
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