By Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz
You should know that the Progressive Democratic leaders in NYC, proclaim that they exist to protect the minority community predominately (Blacks and Hispanics).
The “Progressives” claims that their efforts, protests, demonstrations are supposedly geared to assist People of Color move up the ladder by obtaining prestigious positions.
According to the “Progressive” argument, we the people of color, have been for decades faced with discrimination, racism, and continue to be oppressed, with no hope of meeting our aspirations and getting a piece of the “equality” pie.
The “Progressives” have created various movements to help realize their agenda, like the “Women’s Liberation Movement” the “Me to Movement”, ” The Woman’s Right To Choose, have Equal Pay and Job Opportunities”.
For Black Americans, now the outcry is the movement for “Reparation’s ” and the very powerful movement of “Black Lives Matter”.
They have also taught the concept of “White Privilege”. This is a movement that proclaims that Whites have special privileges due to the color of their skin.
It is important for you to know that among the candidates for the next NYC elections’ there are three African American candidates, one Hispanic candidate and four women seeking to become the next Mayor of the City of New York.
These candidates are Brooklyn’s county President, Mr. Erick Adams, Mr. Ray McGuire, Ms. Maya Wiley, Ms. Diana Morales, Ms. Katherine García, and Ms. Loree Sutton.
These candidates are all well qualified to occupy the position of Mayor for the greatest City in the world.
I imagine that after all the protests, struggles, rioting, arrests, demonstrations and constant outcries from the so-called leaders of these “Progressive” movements, they would be ready to support a member of the minority community, or to have the first woman occupy Gracie Mansion.
You would think, that right? But NO!
Life has its Surprises, Surprises come in life! You should know that the “Progressive” leaders are lining up behind Comptroller Scott Stringer’s candidacy for Mayor. Wait! What? Say it isn’t so.
Some women when they seek or run for certain positions stand on the argument of equal opportunities for women.
They criticize and attack others for not supporting them, claiming that the lack of support is due to their female gender.
Those very same women, surprisingly, now ignore the women that aspiring to become our first female mayor and would prefer to throw their support behind Scott Stringer, going against four qualified women.
Moreover, what can we say about the large number of Black African American leaders, who have forgotten about the Black Community, and the chants that “Black Lives Matter”, and have ignored the qualifications, of candidates like Erik Adams, Ray McGuire, Maya Wiley, and Diane Morales, and have decided to back City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
This leads me to ask the “Progressives” the following questions, what happened? What happened with the Black Lives Matters Movement? Where are the aspirations to finally have the first female Mayor of New York? What happened with the outcry of white privilege that is being taught to our Black and Brown children in Public Schools?
It is important to remind everyone that I am a Conservative Democrat, and that as a minister, The, senior Pastor of the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, and as the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, I have always proclaimed and fought for Christian biblical values.
In this regard, I have supported and will always support those candidates who are closest to our principles, regardless of race or political parties. I’m clear on my positions
But to New York City’s Progressive leadership I am compelled to ask: Why are you now supporting Scott Stringer against the, very qualified, African-Americans, Hispanics and women candidates for Mayor? What happened now? What happened to the first woman Mayor of New York City? What happened to the nipping White Privilege in the bud?
That being said! Once again, I have to emphasize that this is in no way my agenda. I don’t point this out because I am in support of the Progressive agenda.
As I said before, I am a Conservative Democrat. But I don’t know what’s going on with the so-called Progressive Movement who, with their actions, are sending a message to Black Americans, Hispanic Americans and women “Sorry but it is not your time; you must wait for your time to come.”
I am Councilman Rev. Rubén Diaz, and this is What You Should Know.