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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bloomberg Makes Awkward "African-American Joke" In Test Scores Press Conferece

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again demonstrated his disregard for the feelings of the public. (Why should he care? This is an imperial democracy. He manipulated private funds to get support for his third term.)
Here's how Colin Campbell at the New York Observer's Polticker Blog reported the story, after Bloomberg's awkward joke.
"Mayor Bloomberg Makes An African American Joke"
Shael Polakow-Suransky (pictured above), the Education Department’s chief academic officer, is a white man who was born in South Africa. And, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed out at a press conference this afternoon touting city schools’ test scores, you can make a joke about him being African American.
After a reporter asked if Mr. Bloomberg could specifically explain how state tests are becoming increasingly difficult from year-to-year, he responded, “I certainly can’t, but maybe our African American here can, because — tell us,” while gesturing to Mr. Polakow-Suransky.
“Somebody broke that out,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott mused at the situation.
“I like that,” Mr. Bloomberg added. He proceeded to quickly explain that Mr. Polakow-Suransky “pointed out that he is a real African American” in a discussion two years ago.
“Where were you born?” the mayor then asked him.
“I was born in South Africa,” he quietly answered.
The reporters in attendance sat there awkwardly until Mr. Bloomberg’s press secretary, Stu Loeser, chimed in.
“That was the joke,” Mr. Loeser bluntly said, causing laughter all around.
Mr. Polakow-Suransky went on to answer the reporter’s original question.
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