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Andrew Yang tears up New York tabloid for ‘racist’ cartoon calling him ‘tourist’
With less than a month to go to New York’s primary election, Andrew Yang, also mayoral candidate turned mayoral candidate, is at war with one of the city’s main newspapers. as a tourist after saying Times Square was his favorite subway station. He and his wife called the newspaper racist. And then the tabloid hit back by making fun of him in another story and having the local NAACP chief say that Yang shouldn’t throw out the word racism. York at the height of the COVID pandemic, and which recently named the Times Square subway station its favorite of all New York City underground stops – called a press conference on Tuesday to complain about a cartoon Daily News satirist portraying him as a tourist, ”the newspaper Yang and his wife, Evelyn, both slammed the cartoon to the emotional presser in Queens, decrying the bullying as racist and harmful to Asian Americans. “I call on everyone in this race to say that we all belong here to New York and characterize anyone as being less New Yorker than someone else on the basis of their race or religion or any other origin is false, ”said Yang, who has lived in New York for 24 years but has never voted for mayor. When Evelyn stood up to speak, she said of the cartoon, “They call Andrew, that Asian man, a tourist, from who knows where, but probably from a country of other people who look like him with his eyes. devious and piercing… Not only does it dehumanize Asians, but it promotes racism against them, ”she continued, adding that she had asked The News to remove the design from its print edition. “And do you know what they did?” They printed it anyway. “Maya Wiley, a former adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio who is running against Yang for the Democratic mayoral nomination, said the cartoon was a step too far.” @ AndrewYang shouldn’t have to endure this, “she tweeted Tuesday.” No Asian or Pacific Islander New Yorker should do this. This is an offensive cartoon and we all have it. obligation to report him. #StopAsianHate “Some have argued that even suggesting that Yang is not a” true New Yorker “is inherently xenophobic. But in a statement to the News, Hazel Dukes, president of the state conference of the NAACP, rebuffed criticism, saying of Yang, “He didn’t do his homework – maybe that’s what they’re talking about – not as an Asian American.” .. He hasn’t been able to answer very relevant questions about life in New York City. They talk about his knowledge of the city. I wouldn’t say we should label this as racism. “Dukes continued, “There is racism. No doubt about it. When people say that all black people are lazy, they are not talking about me. Lo Whenever you make remarks like that, you’re talking about a whole bunch of people. It’s racist. When you talk about a cartoon, they are only talking about it. The News defended the work of cartoonist Bill Bramhall, saying the drawing was intended to comment on “major gaps” in Yang’s understanding of the city’s politics and politics. not a racial stereotype or a racist caricature, ”editorial page director Josh Greenman said in a statement, adding that the original version of the cartoon, which first went online, has been updated for the print edition of the newspaper. “After Bill tweeted his drawing yesterday, people reacted badly to the way Yang’s eyes were drawn,” he said. “Bill changed the design out of sensitivity to those concerns, without changing the concept of the cartoon, which he and we stand for.” And the criticism of the cartoon itself as being a racial stereotype seems odd given that he had a caricature of himself made for his presidential race which is quite similar? pic.twitter.com/HVA2cp7bG7— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 25, 2021 Yang’s apparent confusion over standard New York details has been a point of contention since entering the race. At the start of Yang’s run, New Yorkers lambasted him for calling a large Midtown-style grocery store a “bodega.” His awkward shots of New York City, after nearly two and a half decades as a resident, have since inspired multiple parody accounts on Twitter. “Our city needs more green space – today I am proposing a large centrally located park,” said a tweet posted by @ YangPolicyShop. Discover Little Italy! pic.twitter.com/VsJcOCYeAi— Andrew Yang: Real New Yorker (Parody) (@andrewyangsnyc) April 29, 2021 Yang’s “fuzzy outlines of a plan” floated last week, calling on the city to take full control of its Albany’s subways and buses are “so bad it should disqualify it,” according to Streetsblog NYC, a local transportation-focused media outlet. In a candidate forum, Yang was distraught when asked about the MTA’s indebtedness. He then tried to turn his back on his non-response by wrongly insisting that “the MTA does not disclose its numbers so clearly”. Yang has also failed to inspire confidence by demonstrating an obvious lack of familiarity with New York City Police Department procedures, even though he presents himself as being in a unique position to bring in the department. into the 21st century ”. At a recent campaign event in Brooklyn, Yang appeared baffled when a New York Post reporter asked him about last year’s repeal of 50a, a state law that barred public disclosure. police disciplinary files. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the Daily Beast that it is entirely possible to argue politically whether Yang understands New York without reinforcing harmful stereotypes. Kang, who is herself of Asian and American descent, has said racial justice talks often don’t. consider Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. And although she said she didn’t think the Daily News cartoon was intentionally racist, “the interpretation was hurtful, so now is a good time to think it over.” “It’s important because it’s kind of fed that experience into the public conversation,” Kang told The Daily Beast. “It’s one of those things where, at this particular time, people are more sensitive to representations of Asian Americans, so I can understand where the concern is coming from. Right now, with Asia Pacific Island Month, there’s a lot going on social media about how people of Asian descent feel marginalized because of their looks. Ten years ago, the racial connotations – or not – of a cartoon depicting an Asian person’s face wouldn’t necessarily have been discussed, Kang said, noting that this is an important time for that we are all aware of our inherent biases and preconceptions. listen to other people from various communities about what they think is racist, ”she said,“ whether they agree or not. 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