Joan of the Upper West Side, a liberal New Yorker, is a priceless example clueless racism and classism:
On August 14th 2013 she called into John Schiumo’s talk show, “The Call”, on NY1, an all-news television station in New York. He asked her if she was for Bill de Blasio, who is running for mayor. She said no because of his position on “stop and frisk”.
Under “stop and frisk” the police racially profile black and Latino men, stopping and searching them for drugs and guns – pretty much whenever they want. A federal judge had ruled it unconstitutional the day before.
Here is the exchange:
JOHN SCHIUMO: Joan, you just heard from Paul on Twitter who says, “Who in the city is enthusiastic for a Mayor de Blasio?” Are you, on any level?
JOAN: No, I was at first because of this “stop and frisk” — which I’m totally against – but when I saw him on the street with his entourage, I had gone up to him and introduced myself and told him how active I was in liberal politics, and I said to him, “You’re not going to end ‘stop and frisk’ in Manhattan, right? Just in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens (and I’m still up in the air about The Bronx). And he said “Why should I not have it in Manhattan?” And I said, “Ugh, you can’t expect us to live by the same rules we dictate to other people for heaven’s sake! Just because people like me are against ‘stop and frisk’ in places like Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island doesn’t mean we don’t want it to continue in Manhattan! I mean: Manhattan is special. We are New York! Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, I …. I don’t even like talking about those kinds of places!
JOHN SCHIUMO: I’m assuming you were sarcastic an—
JOAN: No! No! I’m being sincere!
JOHN SCHIUMO: Oh, you – [laughs in disbelief] you were being sincere?
JOAN: I don’t know why that’s funny!
JOHN SCHIUMO: Why is that funny? That’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard in eight years of this program.
JOAN: Well, in all due respect, think about it this way: Affordable housing – I mean, New Yorkers accept that kind of thing in the boroughs, but you don’t want those people living around you! Of course, I would be the first to say anyone in Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island would be prejudiced for that, but I mean, ugh, I’m not a hypocrite!
That was followed by callers informing Schiumo what a terrible person Joan is.
As you might have gathered, Manhattan is the borough of New York where most of the rich white people live. The Upper West Side is a white liberal part of Manhattan – it has the very kind of people the New York Times is written by and for.
Thanks to Joe for telling me about this.