De Blasio staffer under fire over ‘f— whiteness’ sign

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A senior adviser to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire after posting a photo on Facebook that included his sister holding up a sign that said “F— Whiteness,” The New York Daily News reported Thursday.

{mosads}Lincoln Restler posted a photo earlier this week of his parents and sister. His father held a sign that said “Black + Brown + Immigrant Lives Matter,” and his mother held a sign that said “Love.” His sister’s was more profane.

Restler said he took the photo when he and his mother “took to the streets to stand in solidarity with immigrant New Yorkers.”

Facebook users spoke out against the image before Restler removed it.

“There are good White People, and you are not going to make me feel guilty that I am,” one man posted on Facebook in response to the photo.

Another wrote: “And you represent our mayors office.”

De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said the mayor didn’t know about the post and doesn’t think the photo is appropriate.

“No doubt the message was inartful and not clear enough in its intent and that’s why Lincoln took it off his page,” Phillips told the Daily News.

Phillips said Restler “understands why people took offense” to the photo, adding it “certainly didn’t represent his views.”

Former City Councilman James Gennaro, who works for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) at the Department of Environmental Conservation, on Monday also spoke out against the photo.

He said in response that it “seems that to the Mayor’s senior advisor, hate is okay as long as the right people (or the right racial ‘state of mind,’ if that’s what is meant by ‘whiteness’) is hated.”

“As much as I detest hate speech, I would have more respect for the Mayor’s senior advisor if he would stand by his FB post and have the courage of his convictions to leave it up,” he wrote.

“So I’ll do that for him — and post that which I claim to have disdain for, in order to give people a window into the mindset of a key figure of Mayor de Blasio’s policy team, because I believe that one who takes pride in hate and also makes mayoral policy is an incongruity as stark as the signs in his post.”

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said Gennaro’s comments “do not reflect the views of the governor’s office.”


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