Mayoral Hopefuls Compete for Black Voters

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With election day drawing near, the race is on for support of the NYC African American community.
With election day drawing near, the race is on for support of the NYC  African American community.
With election day drawing near, the race is on for support of the NYC African American community.
As the NYC mayoral election draws near, candidates vie for the support of the Black community. There is good reason for this, as 30 percent of voters who will turn out on election day will be African American, according to some estimates.

Democrat Kenneth Thompson, the only Black candidate in the race, spent Tuesday at Grand Army Plaza subway station to try and woo voters, according to NBC News. He talked to voters about his plans to reform the controversial stop and frisk program, which opponents claim unfairly target Black males.

“Nothing’s more important than keeping our city safe and treating our people with respect. No one needs to explain that to me. I’ve lived it,” Thompson says in an ad on the topic.

“I’ll require police officers to provide every person stopped to receive a ticket. Officers will provide people with written information on why he or she was stopped, why it’s happening, what led to the stop and why the police officer chose to stop the individual. This additional data of stops and frisks will be updated regularly in CompStat, tracking to better provide transparency to the public and inform crime prevention methods in neighborhoods.”

Thompson rival De Blasio criticized Thompson for not being opposed enough to the program. “It’s not the same thing to say I don’t support stop and frisk, but I don’t support a legal ban on profiling. So we have a fundamental difference on the issue on to go about making change,” de Blasio told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

De Blasio aired an ad featuring his biracial son Dante. “Bill de Blasio will be the mayor for every New Yorker no matter where they live or what they look like and I’d that’s even if he weren’t my dad,” Dante says in the ad.

Interestingly, a Quinnipiac University Poll gave Weiner the most support among Black voters, with 24% of the vote.

 

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