Here is a case of major “Identity Politics” created by the Democrats and a worse case right here in Queens, “The World’s Borough” to can a phrase by Queens BP Melinda Katz.
Melinda Katz, Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblymember David Weprin & Councilman Barry Grodenchik are a classic example of identity politics at its worse.
When Sikh taxi driver Harkirat Singh, was stiffed of his fare and his turban pulled of by four douchebag assholes, something really not worthy of a news conference, well, there was a news conference, with those four douchebag elected officials who attempted to turn this very minor issue into a “hate crime” and of course stir the pot up, while in reality, they were plainly whoring themselves out for votes, especially Katz, who will be up for re-election as Queens BP. Throw in some bullshit Religious Garb Bill by Weprin, which has been sitting collecting dusk (both the bill and Weprin) and then attempting to turn this into some “hate crime” not only shows how far this bullshit “identity politics” has gotten out of control, but also shows just another reason why a big douche bag like Donald Trump was elected President.
In reality, there was actually no crime and no assault, so there was not even anything close to a “hate crime”. These were young asshole douchebags acting like typical NYC asshole douchebags, but four worthless Queens politicians wanted to turn this into something bigger, get a nice photo-op and garner votes like the whores they are. I mean I don’t see this foursome having a press conference about a poisonous polluting waste facility, Royal Waste, dumped in the downtown area of Jamaica, which affects ALL CONSTITUENTS. I don’t see them holding a conference of major and dangerous truck driving on residential streets or auto body shops blatant take over of public sidewalks and streets or any other ignored quality of life issues which affect ALL CONSTITUENTS including Sikhs. BUT no, they pander to the lowest denominator with this crap.
Enough with the bending over backwards for selected groups of people based on ethnicity or religion. We are ALL CONSTITUENTS and we are ALL AMERICANS. And this type of pandering is what pisses people off and helps lead to actual “hate crimes”.
As one individual on the Times Ledger article put it in the comment section:
Why don’t they just step into the 21st century and embrace freedom and the fact they live in America? If every race and religion stopped attempting to divide themselves then maybe hate crimes would go down. Everyone in America especially here in nyc cry over everything being racist or a hate crime based on religion, meanwhile, they create the hate themselves by dividing themselves into separate communities, and separate schools and by the garments they wear. If it was up to me, I would not allow religious schools that divide our children, I would make everyone learn English, I would not allow people to wear “religious or cultural garments” in the public streets unless they are going to their place of worship. The media and newspapers ARE THE BIGGEST CULPRIT of spreading racism and hate among religions.
Whether you agree with the statement above, part of it or not at all, a valid point is brought up and “identity politics” by Democrats is one thing that helped them to lose the most recent election.
From Times Ledger:
Sikh taxi driver says turban pulled off by unruly passengers
More than 30 members of the Sikh community joined elected officials last Friday in a show of solidarity for taxi driver Harkirat Singh, 25, at the Gurdwara Sikh Temple Society in Richmond Hill where Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Hollis) held a news conference to address the assault on the driver.
Singh recounted what happened to him as he was driving a block away from Penn Station and picked up drunken passengers, three men and a woman, at 5 a.m. on April 16. They asked to be driven to the Bronx.
As he approached the destination, Singh said the four customers hurled slurs at him and became even more belligerent when they realized they had given him the wrong address. Singh requested payment on their $41.76 fare, and that they leave his cab. When they refused to pay, Singh called 911. The driver said the female gave him cash, but one of the men got back into the taxi to pull off his turban and tried to take his phone before they all ran off. Singh, who came to the United States from the Punjab three years ago, managed to get a snapshot of one of the four passengers during the ordeal, Weprin said.
Weprin hopes that the attention generated by this incident will help get his long gestating Religious Garb Bill to the Senate floor.
“I have a bill that was passed four years in a row in the Assembly and it has not passed the Senate yet,” Weprin said. “It would outlaw discrimination in any employment in New York state, public or private, for people wearing religious garbs, such as turbans or people wearing facial hair,” Weprin said. “With hate crimes rising in 2017, it is more important than ever that we stand together with our fellow Americans of faith.
Weprin called the theft of Singh’s turban a hate crime and believes that, even though the taxi driver was not seriously harmed, “the police should investigate it as such.”
Joining the assemblyman was Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council member Barry Gordenchik, Franck Joseph II of the Commission on Human Right, new Sikh Society President Kudip Singh Dhillon and Councilman Rory Lancman. (D-Hillcrest).
“It is a courageous thing to come forward and speak,” Katz told Singh, who lives in Ozone Park. “It is not easy to have your faith insulted and go through a robbery like you did. Messages of hate will not be tolerated in the city of New York, especially in Queens.”
Singh later thanked the NYPD for putting all their efforts into the investigation and for responding within the five minutes of his 911 phone call during the attack.
The investigation is currently being conducted by officers at One Police Plaza.