New York City Mayor Eric Adams has admitted to using a racial slur to describe white New York City police officers during a speech he delivered in 2019 to business leaders in Harlem.
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“Every day in the police department, I kicked those crackers’ a–, man,” Adams said in the video obtained by Starnes Media Group. “I was unbelievable in the police department.”
“I became a sergeant, a lieutenant, and a captain, you know the story,” Adams said. “Some people oversell it trying to reinvent me, but the reality is: what I was then is who I am now.”
The mayor’s use of that word is not only offensive, it’s also racist. Calling someone of the Caucasian persuasion a cracker is verbotum for mayors of color as well as hip hop artists of color.
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According to the rules regulating which ethnicities are permitted to use racial slurs, only white people and country music stars are allowed to say “cracker.”
And Hizzoner should know that I prefer to be called a “Saltine-American.”
Adams was asked about his use of the slur at a Friday press conference, prompting him to apologize.
“Should not have been used. Someone asked me a question using that comment and, playing on that word, I responded in that comment,” Adams said. “But clearly it is a comment that should not be used, and I apologize not only to those who heard it, but to New Yorkers because they should expect more from me and that was inappropriate.”
I’m glad to hear that the mayor apologized, but there’s a much more pressing issue: is there any evidence that the mayor used his position as a police officer to target white people? The media would be demanding answers to that question if the mayor was white.