Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ race-tainted remarks (on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less!) are strong evidence that he’s unfit to be mayor.
Adams accused out-of-towners who move into gentrified areas of “hijacking [black New Yorkers’] apartments and displacing [their] living arrangements.”
“Go back to Iowa, you go back to Ohio,” he told them. “New York City belongs to the people that was here and made New York City what it is.” Imagine if, say, a white Republican pol had said that about out-of-town minorities or immigrants.
Let’s be honest: A fair amount of opposition to gentrification is based on anti-white bigotry. Meanwhile, the claim that younger, higher-income — often white — residents moving into a fixed-up neighborhood push out longtime, lower-income minority residents is off the mark.
Consider: Tenant harassment by unscrupulous landlords is illegal. Rent-regulated tenants have a right to renew. And newcomers — of whatever stripe — bring both social and economic benefits.
Contrary to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ill-informed slap at Williamsburg hipsters last year, a 2005 rezoning actually boosted that area’s Hispanic population and led to thousands of new jobs.
Bottom line: Newcomers spark growth and renewal. They’ve been doing that ever since the first settlers got here — and all for the better. This is no time for bigots to close the door.