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New York Times: Late Ed Koch Fostered Racist Assaults,
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Posted on 02/04/2013 5:53:33 PM PST by chessplayer

Joseph Berger's long tribute to the late, legendary former New York City mayor Ed Koch made the front of the New York Times Sunday Metro section -- "So, How'd He Do?"

But Berger stained Koch's memory by citing the irresponsible, inflammatory voices of Rev. Calvin Butts and Al Sharpton and bizarrely suggesting Koch's rhetoric played a part in racist assaults against blacks: "Despite his condemnation of the mob beatings, it was hard to tamp down a sense among blacks that his public rhetoric -- in the 1988 presidential campaign, for example, he said Jews would be 'crazy' to vote for Jesse Jackson because of his 'Hymietown' slur about New York and his support for a Palestinian homeland -- may have helped foster an atmosphere in which some young whites felt emboldened to commit such assaults."


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1 posted on 02/04/2013 5:53:39 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Huh? Racist assaults against blacks? NYC? Huh? When, how? It’s been the other way around for fifty plus years, or more.


2 posted on 02/04/2013 5:57:09 PM PST by john drake
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To: chessplayer
in the 1988 presidential campaign, for example, he said Jews would be 'crazy' to vote for Jesse Jackson because of his 'Hymietown' slur about New York and his support for a Palestinian homeland -- may have helped foster an atmosphere in which some young whites felt emboldened to commit such assaults.

That's the liberal mindset in a nutshell.

It's not that they call New York "Hymietown" or support Palestinians that embolden people to act. It's others calling them out on it that is the emboldening act.

It's too bad that the last experiences of Ed Koch are of being betrayed by Barack Obama.

-PJ

3 posted on 02/04/2013 5:57:29 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: chessplayer

Before this is over, most people will be thinking that Ed Koch is a prime example of a racist, reactionary Republican.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 5:59:06 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: john drake

Sounds like the racism came from the Jesse side.

Oh, forgot, blacks cannot ever, never be racist. /s


5 posted on 02/04/2013 6:02:52 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: chessplayer

Racist assaults on blacks since 1970: 2

Against whites: 50

Against orientals: 100

Looks like we can call it even.


6 posted on 02/04/2013 6:10:41 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: john drake

The only black beating going on is beating a dead horse.

It is hard for a man to justify living on the dole, but they sure are trying.

Very trying...


7 posted on 02/04/2013 6:12:30 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Before this is over, most people will be thinking that Ed Koch is a prime example of a racist, reactionary Republican.


That’s the lefts goal.


8 posted on 02/04/2013 6:34:57 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

What a bunch of B.S.


9 posted on 02/04/2013 6:57:32 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: chessplayer

Leave it to the cowards at the NYT, to defame a man after he’s gone.


10 posted on 02/04/2013 7:08:57 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: chessplayer; john drake; Political Junkie Too; ml/nj; NYC GOP Chick; ExTexasRedhead; ari-freedom; ..
Yes, Koch did have the guts to say things like "Jews would have to be crazy to vote for Jesse Jackson," risking a backlash from black radicals. But that was back then.

By contrast, in his final year of life, Koch showed he was more of a partisan 'Rat than a pro-Zionist Jew by enthusiastically backing "Osama" Obama for the second term in the White House, just as he did in 2008, claiming that Obama was a friend of Israel and espousing that garbage frequently over the airwaves.

If Koch had real political courage, he would have become a Republican based primarily on his world geopolitical view, but he never had any intention of doing so. At his core, he was always ideologically a big government taxer and spender.

11 posted on 02/04/2013 8:11:46 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: chessplayer

I’m just curious, is Koch’s rent controlled apartment available?


12 posted on 02/04/2013 8:19:49 PM PST by mom.mom
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To: justiceseeker93
If Koch had real political courage, he would have become a Republican based primarily on his world geopolitical view, but he never had any intention of doing so.

In that regard, Koch was of a similar mold to Zel Miller.

Back then (oh, so long ago in 2004), Miller staying IN the Democrat party was supposed to show courage.

In hindsight, that was really a cop-out for doing the courageous thing - switching parties... the first time.

I'd add Phil Gramm to this group. Gramm was a Democrat who felt so strongly about becoming a Republican that he resigned the seat he won campaigning as a Democrat, and said that if the voters wanted him as a Republican, they should be allowed to vote for him as a Republican.

Not in this group is Arlen Specter, Michael Bloomberg, and Charlie Crist.

-PJ

13 posted on 02/04/2013 9:30:18 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: chessplayer

Hey, Berger- Freddie’s Fashion Mart. Yankel Rosenbaum.


14 posted on 02/04/2013 9:37:14 PM PST by richmwill
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To: Political Junkie Too; All
I wouldn't compare Koch all that much to Zell Miller. Koch liked boast that he was "a liberal with sanity." (In that regard, he was one of the few politicians to describe himself with the "l" word in the 1980s.) Koch was clearly on the left on all major national domestic issues, with the possible exceptions of advocating a tougher stance against street crime and clamping down on welfare fraud and abuse. Furthermore, he widely believed to be a homosexual, although he never formally "came out of the closet."

I don't know all that much about Miller's views, but I believe he was considered a social conservative, which is something that Koch definitely wasn't. I recall that Miller once spoke at a Republican National Convention, which Koch never did although he once endorsed W for president.

15 posted on 02/05/2013 11:05:53 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
I agree in general with what you wrote.

My point was to the idea that Koch showed courage in speaking out against Democrats, but that courage fell short of actually breaking with the party. Miller was another whose "courage" fell equally short.

I could have added Joe Lieberman to that group. Leiberman actually left the Democrat party, but that was mostly due to the realities of the primary system in Connecticut rather than breaking with Democrats. Lieberman still caucused with them in the Senate.

-PJ

16 posted on 02/05/2013 11:15:03 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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