New York City Mayor Eric Adams called out Black Lives Matter activists as "hypocrites" for protesting George Floyd's murder in 2020 but failing to take to the streets in protest of recent black-on-black shootings.
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The NY1 channel on Wednesday asked the Democrat how he would get a handle on mounting shootings in the city, including Tuesday's subway shooting in Brooklyn.
Adams replied, "I thought Black Lives Matter. Where are all those who stated ‘Black Lives Matter’? 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, in Brooklyn. The victims were black. Many of the shooters were black."
He then put a well-known question to adults and caregivers: "It's ... 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Why are 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds out in our streets armed with guns [late] at night? When are we going to start asking these serious questions?"
Recalling the sea of protesters in New York City and all over America in the summer of 2020, Adams called out BLM supporters directly: "If Black Lives Matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matter. We can’t be hypocrites.”
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Three people were killed and at least 13 others were wounded in shootings that occurred in the Bronx and Brooklyn late Tuesday and early Wednesday, police and sources told the New York Post.
Among those killed were a 23-year-old woman and two men, 22 and 21, the paper said, adding that all three were killed in separate Bronx shootings. Authorities added to the Post that at least five other shootings were reported in New York City during a roughly six-hour span.
As an organization, Black Lives Matter is facing heightened scrutiny of late, as co-founder Patrisse Cullors claimed last week that new allegations involving BLM's purchase of a nearly $6 million mansion are rooted in racism and sexism. In an interesting twist, Cullors claimed the New York magazine reporter behind the story — Sean Campbell, who is black — has a "very public bias" against her and other "black leaders."