There’s trouble in progressive paradise as a Black Lives Matter leader threatens – almost literally – to turn his guns on the new Mayor-elect of New York City over his stance on that great BLM sin: policing.
At a Nov. 10 meeting in Brooklyn that was livestreamed on Instagram, New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome threatened “bloodshed” to Mayor-elect Eric Adams.
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome warned. “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
At issue was the new mayor’s and former NYPD captain’s vow to bring back the Anti-Crime Unit, abolished during violent police protests last year. Officers in that task force were involved in the deaths of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner, incidents that the media tried to elevate into acts of racial war.
Newsome said: “To ignore that history and say you’re bringing it back means that he’s tone-deaf.”
Adams said that as the city’s second black mayor, he is the person best equipped to bring “change” to the community. “There’s one thing that we do agree on, that we need to change conditions that people are living in, historical conditions. And the conditions have not changed,” Adams said during the meeting.
Chivona Newsome, Newsome’s sister, interjected that politicians “shuck, jive and use rap quotes” but don’t do anything substantive for blacks. “You need to be corrected,” Adams interrupted. “You need to be corrected based on what you’re saying. Don’t tell me, ‘I need to do this’ … say, ‘We need to do this.’”
It was the first time Newsome has met with an elected or serving mayor. He told The New York Post that he refused invitations from Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom he called a “buffoon.”