NYC Mayor Eric Adams apologizes for 2019 video of him calling his white police colleagues ‘crackers’

Mayor of New York City Eric Adams has issued a public apology after a video from 2019 surfaced this week showing Adams calling some of his then-colleagues in the NYPD ‘crackers.’

The video, which was posted by Thomas Lopez-Pierre, shows Adams speaking at a Harlem Business Alliance event in 2019. The approximately 1 minute, 45 second clip begins with Adams telling an audience, “Every day in the police department, I kicked those crackers’ ass.”

He continues, “[I] became a sergeant, a lieutenant and a captain. You know the story, some people all of a sudden trying [sic] to reinvent me, but the reality is what I was then is who I am now.”

The mayor then went on to discuss his intended run for mayor of NYC, telling the group, “You hear me? These negroes that wake every day and don’t like themselves, they are going to beat me up. The people who say, ‘Where’s our real Black leaders?’ They’re going to say, ‘Who’s Eric? Why does Eric think he should be mayor?’ Well, negro, you run, you run. Go raise the $7 million dollars.” The audience responds with laughter.

During a press conference unrelated to the video on Friday, Mayor Adams apologized when asked about the video. “I definitely apologize,’”he said. “Inappropriate comments should not have been used,” he added.

“Someone asked me a question using that comment and playing on that word. I responded in that comment, but clearly, these comments should not have been used, and I apologize not only to those who heard it, but to New Yorkers because they should expect more from me. That was inappropriate.” The question that led to Adams’ use of the word cannot be seen in the clip.




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