NY Gov. Paterson Says Race Remarks Misunderstood

Published August 27, 2009

New York Gov. David Paterson says his comments last week suggesting some of his critics were motivated by racial bias have been misunderstood.

The state's first Black governor said Tuesday at the State University at Stony Brook that he did talk about some negative racial stereotyping that has gone on from time to time but he didn't blame his problems on that.

[I]"never . . . blamed any of my political problems on race." He admitted creating controversy, but said he was acting out of anger at suggestions that he was a poor parent.

Paterson said he made the remarks after NY1 News reported that his daughter, incorrectly identified as underage, had been with him
out a nightclub until early in the morning.  His stepdaughter, Ashley Dennis, 21, is a senior at Ithaca College.

"I was annoyed by what I thought was an outrageous reference to my parenting skills and probably shouldn't have even commented on it," he said. 

In a radio interview with WWRL last Friday, Paterson said, "My feeling is it's being orchestrated. It's a game and people who pay attention know that," Paterson said. "The reality is that the next victim that is on the list, and you see it coming, is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more then try to reform the health care system."

Paterson said that he regrets the remarks because he believes they could have been better thought out. 

"I’m not changing the remarks I made. I’m just correcting the interpretations of my remarks that are wrong.”

New York City's first Black mayor, David Dinkins, says Paterson should be more careful when discussing race. He tells The New York Times it's a fight you can't win.

 


 

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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