NYC Black Lives Matter Leader Hawk Newsome Calls Eric Adams a “Coon” in Fox News Interview
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Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, slammed New York City Mayor Eric Adams during an interview on Fox News, arguing he’s been ineffective at protecting Black New Yorkers.
Appearing on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Thursday, Newsome defended the Black Lives Matter movement and took pot shots at Adams.
Newsome told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, “Don’t listen to what Eric Adams says, he gives great press statement. He’s the master of the press conference. Some kid dies, he hugs their mother. He’s holding up sneakers, he’s crying. But what we elected him for, the city of New York, was to keep the city safe. This city is a warzone, and he can’t stop it.”
Newsome added during the interview that Adams is a “white man in blackface, and a very conservative-minded white man at that,” and referred to him as a “coon,” as was reported by Fox News.
“So with all [Adams’] power, he turns to BLM and says, ‘What are you going to do?’ Well, I’ll tell you what we’re going to do. We’re going to organize people in our communities to go out and preach a message of love and unification in the streets. We’re going to take control of our cities, because the government has failed us for decades. Even when crime is low, we’re still dying. And we have to fix this problem ourselves because we believe that poverty is the mother of crime,” Newsome continued.
Mediaite reported that America’s Newsroom on Fox played a clip from Adams’ appearance on Spectrum News NY1 on April 14th.
“Where are all those who stated Black Lives Matter? If Black lives matters, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now stating that the lives of these Black children that are dying every night matters. It can’t be hypocrites,” said Adams, referring to George Floyd, a Black man who was murdered by then-Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin in 2020 when Chauvin put his left knee on Floyd’s neck while Floyd was in custody.
Bill Hemmer said: “The subject is African-Americans. I would also argue White lives matter, too. Everybody’s life matters here.” He then asked Newsome, “What the mayor contends, though, is that the same reaction is not given. What would you say to him?”
Mediaite also reported that Newsome responded by saying, “It was smooth the way you threw White lives matters in there. Our problem is when Black lives are oppressed and don’t receive justice nobody cares, nothing happens. Something happens to a White person the world moves, right?”
He added: “So, let’s get back to Eric Adams. This mayor who’s a Democrat but he spews conservative and Republican talking points. At the end of the day, we have a name for someone like this. And this is someone we’d call a coon, right?”
“Whoa!” Hemmer interjected.
Fox News reported that Newsome also addressed FBI data reported by Fox News Digital earlier this week detailing how Black murders skyrocketed in 2020, amid the Black Lives Matter and defund the police protests and riots spread across the nation. The report also indicated that the data shows Black murders increased by 32% in 2020 compared to 2019, and by 43% compared to 10-year average of Black murders.
“Did the defund movement actually hurt the African American community in America?” Hemmer asked Newsome.
“No,” Newsome said. Fox News reported that he then went on to define the defund movement as, “taking money from the police and putting it in community centers, job opportunities, and after school programs, which this mayor has cut, right? So it wasn’t like ‘just get rid of this money for the police.’ It was invest in the community.”
On Tuesday, Fox News Digital reported that at least 7,484 Black Americans were murdered in 2019. That number shot up to at least 9,941 murders in 2020, meaning there was an increase of 2,457 Black Americans murdered over the previous year, according to the Fox News report.
Among White murders, FBI data show there were 7,043 White people murdered in 2020, meaning 2,898 more Black people were killed compared to Whites, the report added.