In the Feb. 7 issue of the Queens Chronicle, AnnMarie Costella reported that at the South Jamaica meeting of candidates in the 31st City Council race, the Rev. Charles Norris urged the black candidates to conspire against the white Jewish candidate, Pesach Osina, from Far Rockaway (“Candidates for 31st Council seat debate,” multiple editions).
Norris wanted to reduce the number of black candidates by having some of them quit the race. He went so far as to say, “Jews vote in a bloc ... Which one of you thinks you can beat the Jew that’s running in Far Rockaway?”
I hope that the editors at the Queens Chronicle have the moral courage to take a strong stand in the next issue against this type of racist demagoguery.
Certainly none of the candidates or attendees, including former City Councilman Archie Spigner, appear to have repudiated the comments of the “esteemed reverend.”
I am sure District 31 voters are qualified enough to judge the candidates on their merits, and would appreciate a repudiation of such a racist attitude, by community leaders and the candidates themselves.