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David Dinkins tells Gov. Paterson to Stop Crying about Racism

August 25, 2009

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Hat tip NYtimes

David N. Dinkins, New York City’s first black mayor, offered some blunt advice on Monday to David A. Paterson, New York State’s first black governor: Don’t accuse your critics of racism.

Mr. Dinkins was reacting to comments Mr. Paterson made in a radio interview on Friday that he was the victim of a racially motivated news media campaign to keep him from running for election next year.

“We’re not in the post-racial period,” Mr. Paterson said in the interview. “My feeling is it’s being orchestrated, it’s a game, and people who pay attention know that.”

Mr. Dinkins, who has been close to the Paterson family for decades, took issue with the governor’s comments.

“Definitely he should get off the racist thing,” Mr. Dinkins said. “Right or wrong, it’s a fight you sure can’t win.”

Mr. Dinkins also questioned whether Mr. Paterson really believed there was an orchestrated, biased campaign against him in the news media. “I don’t think he means they’re picking on him because he is black,” Mr. Dinkins said. “I suspect he more means, were he not black — and maybe it’s pretty hard to make the distinction — those kind of comments would not have been made.”

In explaining the distinction, Mr. Dinkins, who spoke to Mr. Paterson’s aides but not Mr. Paterson over the weekend, said: “One is a very positive effort to attack, to demean. The other is more an analysis after the fact.”

On Monday, a White House spokesman told reporters that President Obama disagreed with Governor Paterson’s suggestion in the radio interview that the president would also be subjected to racially tinged news media attacks.

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