Posted by: jonahlr | September 3, 2009

De Blasio’s Frequent Use of Interracial Family Causes Outrage

In another bit of interesting news, The New York Post published a story today about de Blasio’s frequent use of his black wife and mixed kids in campaign literature. I’ve put the first several paragraphs below, but if you want to read the whole article, just click the above link!

Public-advocate candidate Bill de Blasio has outraged black politicians and many of his own constituents by sending targeted mailings to African-American neighborhoods featuring pictures of his interracial family, sources told The Post.

Most of the ads mailed to predominantly white areas had no pictures or just showed photos of the candidate, the sources said.

“The insulting part of it is that if you want to appeal to the black community, then appeal to us based upon our issues, not based upon who you’re married to,” said City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn).

De Blasio, whose campaign denied ethnic targeting, is a councilman who represents central Brooklyn. He’s white and his wife, Chirlane, is black.

Up to six of his mailers showcased Chirlane. At least one featured photos of their two children, a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

One of the ads reads, “Meet the de Blasios” and offers a picture of his family and a message from his wife on the back.

Another has a message from his wife simply saying, “He gets it.”

“This is the one I’ve heard so many black women complain about,” said one source.

“The implication is he’s married to a black woman so he ‘gets us.'”


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