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This may be one of the worst attempts at appealing to a specific demographic during a campaign trail. Brooklyn State Assembly hopeful, Ben Akselrod, sent literature to thousands of Democratic voters in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood discussing his opponent’s inability to cut crime in the area; however, instead of using the word “neighborhood” he chose to create the word “negrohood”.
The letter reads “Dear Friend, I am running for Assembly because I believe the number 1 job of that office is to keep the community safe. The current assemblyman has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year.”
The community’s blog states the candidate’s reference to the increase in crime is exaggerated and he has a history of using offensive language. The blog reports that the candidate also attempted to dilute support of the mosque construction. “In what appeared to be an attempt to stoke anti-Muslim sentiments in the neighborhood, he claimed the mosque is connected to a group that was ‘outlawed’ in the U.S., and that Muslims’ attempts to build a local house of worship is a ‘provocative demonstration’,” it reads.
The election between Akselrod and his opponent, Steven Cymbrowitz, takes places on September 13. The state Assembly’s chief responsibility is to draft, analyze, and vote on proposals that affect all New Yorkers.