Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mr. Akselrod's Negrohood

If He Was Republican, MSNBC Would Be Running it as America's Race Crisis

Brooklyn primary candidate in N.Y. Assembly race says 'negrohood' mailer was just a 'typo'

Ben Akselrod calls the error on a flier sent to voters last week 'inadvertent'

Ben Akselrod with Liliya Gelfand of New Tours, from his campaign website,
Ben Akselrod is hoping to unseat Democratic Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz in the Sheepshead Bay district primary race. He apologized after his campaign sent out a mailer using the word 'negrohood.'

An Assembly candidate whose campaign sent mailers using the word “negrohood” to residents in his Sheepshead Bay district apologized Wednesday — calling the racially tinged language a “typo.”

“As the candidate, I take full responsibility for this inadvertent error and I am sorry to anyone who was offended by it,” Ben Akselrod, who’s running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary against Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, said in a statement.

The Friends of Ben Akselrod sent the mailers last week, claiming that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year.”

Akselrod didn’t specify Wednesday whether his campaign intended to use the word “neighborhood” instead.
He said he faced discrimination as a Jew in his native Russia, and rejects “any form of racial and ethnic bias.”

He also blasted his opponent’s supporters for focusing on the typo instead of addressing crime in the community.

The Cymbrowitz campaign didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
Akselrod campaign treasurer Bryan Goldstein told the blog Sheepshead Bites that he was “not involved” in the creation of the flier, but resigned Monday anyway.

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