Good to see civility ruling the day in New York City politics.
Democrat Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for the 7th City Council district in uptown New York, has taken exception to his rival garnering support from a local real estate developer.
Recently, real estate developer Brian Benjamin, an African-American, placed his support behind one of Lopez-Pierre’s opponents, Mark Levine.
So Lopez-Pierre did what any serious candidate for public office would do – he sent a public e-mail which referred to Benjamin as “an Uncle Tom n***** b****”, threatened to “b**** slap” him, and proceeded to charge Benjamin with providing sexual favors to “white/Jewish” men.
Politicker provides the e-mail (warning, letter is posted after the jump due to graphic content and language):
“January 3, 2013Brain [sic] Benjamin:First I would like to say Happy New Year!Now that bullshit is out of the way, I wanted to say this to your face but I did not want my words to be misunderstood.So I am sending it to you in writing and sharing it with others.I see that you are on the host committee for Mark Levine for City Council.I would hope that one day you would give me the legal grounds to bitch slap you.You are an uncle Tom Nigger bitch.Its Nigger bitches like you that have sold out the Black people of Harlem.To think there are about eight other candidates in this race that are Black and Hispanic and you decided to pick Mark Levine the only White/Jewish guy in the race to raise money for.What good does it do our community (by this I mean Black and Hispanic people) to have uncle Tom Nigger bitches like you graduate from Ivy League schools if all you do is suck the cock of guys like Mark Levine.All the best,Thomas Lopez-PierrePS, The reason why you got your Nigger ass kicked (politically) by Jamaal Nelson when you ran for district leader is because Black people in Harlem can smell the Bitch in you.They know that you are a weak, little short man who sucks White/Jewish cock.”
Lopez-Pierre must have missed the memo in which the City Council in which he is seeking a seat, has already symbolically banned use of the n-word.
Lopez-Pierre has been repeatedly launching a series of anti-Semitic rants against his opponent, citing Levine as presumably unable to relate to the African-American community in Harlem because he is in fact white, and he is in fact Jewish. Ironically, his campaign website mentions Lopez-Pierre’s “continuing effort to outreach to the Jewish community”, complete with a picture of the candidate wearing a Yarmulke.
Controversy has been a staple of the Democrat, having run a racy singles club that critics called a “glorified brothel”, and that even he admits was sexist. Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article profiling Lopez-Pierre and his club:
Thomas Lopez-Pierre was looking for just the right men for the Harlem Club, a private social club for African-Americans and Latinos that he was forming in Manhattan.
For $5,000, mid-career professional men could become charter members; $2,500 would make them general members. But this club did not want just any moneyed men. Rap stars, Hollywood glitterati and professional athletes — what Mr. Lopez-Pierre labels the ”ghetto-fabulous crowd” — would not be welcome.
Women could join the Harlem Club, too. But only as associate members. And they had to be 35 or younger, unmarried, childless, college educated and willing to submit a head-to-toe photograph, to prevent unattractive women from making the cut …
… So far 200 young women, among them doctors, lawyers, accountants, investment bankers and models, have applied for associate membership, Mr. Lopez-Pierre said. He has deleted the e-mail applications of overweight women.
… His comments about the club have been fodder for talk radio, newspapers and BET Nightly News. His views on women who oppose the club’s age restrictions, for example: ”A lot of these women are in their early 40′s, and their good-looking days are over,” he said. ”They’re career women.”…
”I didn’t marry my wife because she was a kind, sensitive woman,” he said. ”I married her because she is a complete package. I married her because she takes her butt to the gym, and she keeps it tight for me. I want it all, and I got it all. There are men who want the same.”
Racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic … Just another day in New York politics.