The Sanitation Department chaplain, the Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., outraged New Yorkers by calling our city a “plantation” during Mayor de Blasio’s inauguration.
The media focused on his tasteless remark, but ignored a bigger outrage. Why does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain?
Unlike cops and firefighters, sanitation workers don’t put their lives on the line when they do their job. Collecting garbage is a grueling job requiring strength, endurance and a strong tolerance for bad odors, but those who do it usually don’t risk sudden death or life-threatening injury. They return home safely.
Does Chaplain Lucas administer last rites to lower back pain victims or bless those suffering from torn ligaments? His job must be thrown out, just like the garbage his employer collects.