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Using race in an election is something most Americans have become accustomed to, but few candidates have been bold enough to overtly use race in a campaign, that is until now.
In a New York city council election, race and religion have been placed front and center. New York City Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre just sent voters an email imploring them to vote on the basis of racial empowerment.
The subject of the email was Stop Mark Levine (White/Jewish) From Stealing Black/Hispanic Political Power. Here’s a snippet of the letter:
Check out my campaign website: thomaslopezpierre.com for the 7th NYC City Council in Upper Manhattan.
Outside political forces are trying to install a White/Jewish guy, Mark Levine to the 7th NYC Council District in Upper Manhattan.
I need your support with a $175 contribution (or lower amount) to help stop Black and Hispanic people from losing political power in Upper Manhattan by contributing to my campaign so I can win in the September 2013 Democratic Primary.
Lopez-Pierre has long been using race as the primary reasons voters should vote for him. He is not backing down though, saying he stands for black empowerment. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lopez-Pierre made it clear where he stands.
“I oppose him because I support black empowerment, black and Latino empowerment,” Mr. Lopez-Pierre said. “He could be green. He could be Russian. I don’t care where he’s from. Harlem is a black and Latino community, and he’s not black or Latino. And I don’t care who he sleeps with, who he’s married to—he is not one of us.”