Tag: Sharpton, Al

Why Are Democrats Defending Al Sharpton?

When I first heard that President Trump had gone after the Rev. Al Sharpton — and that Mr. Sharpton had responded in kind — I must admit that I laughed. Are there two New York City hustlers who deserve one another more? But 48 hours later, I feel differently. That’s thanks to the leading Democratic […]

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Virginia’s Black Lawmakers to Boycott Trump at Jamestown Ceremony

WASHINGTON — African-American state lawmakers from Virginia will boycott President Trump’s scheduled speech in Jamestown on Tuesday at a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in the Western Hemisphere, citing the president’s inflammatory comments about critics of color. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which represents members of the House of Delegates and […]

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Democrats Know Trump’s Playbook on Race. They’re Not Sure How to Respond.

WASHINGTON — For three weeks President Trump has engaged in the sort of racial divisiveness unseen from a national political figure since the days of George Wallace, pushing forward with grievance-based attacks against Democrats of color that he is convinced will energize his base of rural white voters. But Democrats who might otherwise be giddy […]

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How Trump and Sharpton Became the Ultimate New York Frenemies

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Both were enduring characters in New York, their names in headlines, their faces on television. Both began their lives outside Manhattan — one was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the other in Jamaica, Queens — and both worked their way […]

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Trump Lashes Out at Al Sharpton, Saying He ‘Hates Whites’

WASHINGTON — President Trump widened his war on critics of color on Monday morning, denouncing the Rev. Al Sharpton as “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops!” after a weekend spent assailing a leading African-American congressman from Baltimore. Mr. Trump seemed to be responding to a Twitter post from Mr. Sharpton showing himself at […]

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When Big Tobacco Invoked Eric Garner to Fight a Menthol Cigarette Ban

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] With San Francisco banning menthol cigarettes last year, and the Food and Drug Administration considering a nationwide ban, it seemed like the time was ripe for New York to follow suit. Then Reynolds American, the tobacco giant, got to […]

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How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park Five

This is a story of the biggest story of its day, a crime that set a high-water mark for depravity, an urban atrocity that caused existential hand-wringing for America’s biggest city. It was a story that — over 30 years — changed from solid to liquid to gas, all but vanishing. “When They See Us,” […]

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