Cuomo Uses Racial Slur in Interview

Quoting from NY Times op-ed on slurs against Italians

Tom Puckett
October 15, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Albany, NY (WBEN) Some criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday for using a racial slur for African Americans while discussing historical discrimination toward darker-skinned Italian immigrants.

He referenced a New York Times op-Ed that ran in the Saturday edition of the paper and used the N-word while talking about slurs that were often directed at Italians duirng a live radio interview on WAMC.

“They used an expression that southern Italians were called, I believe they were saying southern Italians, Sicilians — I’m half Sicilian — were called, quote-unquote – and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting the Times – ‘(explicit) wops,’” Cuomo said.

A spokesman for Cuomo says the governor prefaced his comment in which he used a racial slur by saying he was quoting a New York Times article.

Spokesman Richard Azzopardi says that the Democrat was using language that was printed in the Times.

Cuomo said "pardon my language" before he used the N-word followed by a derogatory slur once commonly lobbed against Italians.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who is black, said he didn't take any offense at Cuomo's comments.

But Bertha Lewis, founder and president of the Black Institute, a public policy think tank, said Cuomo appears to think he has so much privilege he can say anything.

"He ought to get over himself," she said.

Working Families Party National Director Maurice Mitchell called on Cuomo to apologize and no white person should use the word for any reason. "That word is a stain on this country's soul," he said.

His comments came after Cuomo's brother Chris was caught on camera going off on an expletive-filled rant after somebody called him “Fredo” – a reference to Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather.”

Chris Cuomo said at the time it was equivalent to the n-word.

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