EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): If there is one issue that turned the whole Greek-American community against AB Elpidophoros this was his “wholehearted” participation in the BLM rally in Brooklyn and the infamous photograph with the BLM sign…
A true disaster not only in PR terms but in real terms: There is nothing Greek-Americans distaste more than extreme leftist liberalism and hypocrisy, the kind emanated by BLM rhetoric and action. On top of their political hypocrisy and their true racism, BLM leadership was proven through the last two years to be completely corrupt, purchasing multiple mansions in the most wealthy areas of the country for their personal use and enrichment. They used the millions given to them by the biggest companies in the country, which were buying “peace” by appeasing the thugs of BLM.
Mayor Eric Adams has met with the GOARCH leadership several times and the meetings were highly publicized… GOARCH, who had supported (mostly through Katsimatidis and other wealthy businessmen) Adams’ election campaign had many kind words to say for the mayor – even when Adams was found to be supported by Turkish lobbyists (and consequently had to explain himself in a meeting).
But a few days ago, the mayor proceeded to a major policy step by publicly denouncing BLM and their lack of reaction against the Brooklyn subway shootings. Eric Adams used very harsh words to denounce BLM and their policies: “If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these Black children that are dying every night matter,” Adams said. “We can’t be hypocrites.” Eric Adams spoke to multiple news channels and used even more pointed terms than “hypocrisy”…
So far we haven’t heard one word from AB Elpidophoros, not one word condemning violence in NYC…
Yet the Brooklyn incident presents an excellent opportunity for His Eminence to express his opposition to violence, especially violence with clear racist undertones as was the case here. Why is he so absorbed in Ukraine? Is violence in Ukraine more important than racist violence in this city, that serves as the headquarters of GOARCH? Why doesn’t he use the opportunity to come closer to the faithful and their everyday life problems? Why doesn’t he recognize his own BIG mistake to rush to the support of leftist BLM extremists, whose past actions were not “Christian” at all?
Recognizing his own mistakes is a sign of any good leader – and we are truly hoping that the Archbishop would do so immediately, grabbing this great opportunity…
April 16, 2022, firstname.lastname@example.org www.helleniscope.com
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BELOW IS THE NEWS
‘I thought Black lives mattered?’ Mayor Eric Adams slams the activist movement over New York City crime
“He lacks efficiency and the ability to lead our city in a safer direction,” said Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
NEW YORK — When asked how his administration would get a handle on an uptick in shootings, Mayor Eric Adams criticized the Black Lives Matter movement Wednesday for failing to mount large-scale protests against ongoing gun violence.
“If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these Black children that are dying every night matter,” Adams said. “We can’t be hypocrites.”
Adams was speaking on NY1 about the arrest of Frank James, who is accused of carrying out the shooting on a Brooklyn subway car Tuesday, when he was asked about more than a dozen other incidents of gun violence that happened in other parts of the city Tuesday night through Wednesday morning and what he would do to get a handle on crime.
“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I put out to the city: I thought Black lives mattered. Where are all those who stated Black lives matter?” he asked in response. “Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were Black. Many of the shooters were Black.”
“Why are 16, 17, 18-year-olds out on our streets armed with guns at 12:00 or 1:00 a.m.?
Adams has made crime the signature issue of both his campaign and administration, but is grappling with a dramatic rise in violent incidents since the start of his mayoralty. Major crimes are up 44 percent compared to last year, according to NYPD statistics from earlier this month. And shootings, which had already doubled over 2019, rose another 14 percent over the last year. To make his focus clear, the mayor has traveled to crime scenes across the five boroughs to talk with victims and hold press conferences. However, during the subway attack that’s been the most serious incident of his tenure, he was quarantining in Gracie Mansion after coming down with Covid-19.
“It was very difficult for me not to be at 36th Street and at some of our command centers,” he said during a separate interview Wednesday morning, referring to the station where shooting victims fled a smoke-filled subway car. “But I have to listen to the orders from our healthcare professionals.”
Since winning the general election last year, Adams has clashed with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and its co-founder, Hawk Newsome, over policing policies. Newsome said in an interview with POLITICO Wednesday that the mayor was attempting to deflect blame after not being able to control violent crime through the police department.
“He wants us to have a fight in the newspapers to distract people from the real issues,” Newsome said. “The mayor is great at press conferences and he is really good at making statements, but he lacks efficiency and the ability to lead our city in a safer direction.”
Newsome said that critics of the Black Lives Matter movement, which rose to global prominence in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, often point to crime committed within the Black community as a larger problem than police misconduct. He said a new organization called Black Opportunities is launching a number of community programs — including de-escalation training and neighborhood patrols — designed to reduce shootings and violence without having to rely on City Hall or the NYPD.
“He called on us to do the job of the elected officials and the police department, who have a collective budget of billions,” Newsome said. “He wants to do this from a grassroots perspective. And on behalf of Black Opportunities: We accept his challenge.”