During his weekly press conference on Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) stunned New Yorkers while addressing “systemic racism” in education, the economy, policing, and elsewhere.
He began by voicing his support for the findings of a recently-concluded investigation by the city that determined the NYPD “made a number of key errors that likely escalated tensions and a potential for violence” during the protests following the death of George Floyd. He promised the police department would be reformed.
“The COVID era has taught us that so clearly, and we need to do better and we will,” de Blasio said. “And that means a commitment to fighting disparities and inequality in every part of the life of New York City and that certainly takes us to education where if you’re talking about the problems of disparity, if you’re talking about structural racism, certainly policing is not the only area to talk about. There are many areas to talk about and education must be front and center.”
“There has been so much that needed to be addressed in education in New York City, and from the beginning, what I tried to focus on was a very simple concept: equity and excellence,” he continued. “That we needed to profoundly change the distribution of resources.”
According to the mayor, a need exists to “profoundly change the distribution of resources.”
“I like to say very bluntly,” de Blasio continued, “our mission is to redistribute wealth. A lot of people bristle at that phrase. That is in fact the phrase we need to use.”
De Blasio has used such phrasing before, even just recently.
In August, the New York Post reported that de Blasio “made a public plea” for “taxing the rich and redistributing their money even as the Big Apple reels from a coronavirus-induced budget crisis that’s already caused well-heeled New Yorkers to head for the hills.”
“Help me tax the wealthy. Help me redistribute wealth. Help me build affordable housing in white communities if you want desegregation,” the mayor told a caller on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” during a discussion about schools..
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This is an excerpt from The Blaze.
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