Reverend Al Sharpton’s birthday bash had an uncomfortable moment when New York chapter NAACP president Hazel Dukes spoke up about New York City Democrat councilman John Liu. The Gothamist reports:
But if Thompson was potentially a buzzkill to the party mood, he had nothing on NAACP NY President Hazel Dukes. Dukes sounded like he wanted to turn the festivities into a roast when talking about big Democratic Comptroller primary winner John Liu. Dukes said to the crowd, “I see John Liu here - he’s been the little Asian boy running around with us a long time [in] the NAACP. But Rev. [Sharpton], he was a good guy, so we said, ‘Come on, come on, come on - we can make you what you want to be.” Liu was seen laughing at the remark and a spokesman later made it seem like the councilman took it as nothing but poking fun.
Mr. Liu seems very forgiving of Ms. Dukes in this instance. If former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani said the same of Mr. Liu as Ms. Dukes did this time around, it is likely Mr. Liu would not be looking at this issue as simply “poking fun.”