On Tuesday, Brooklyn Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, released a statement on the current rash of so-called 'knockout game' attacks, in which black teens sucker-punch white people on the street.
There have been seven such documented attacks on Jewish residents in the Crown Heights, Midwood and Borough Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn recently, which are being investigated by the NYPD as anti-Semitic hate crimes.
Cumbo's statement which was emailed to those who supported her recent council campaign and posted to her Facebook page, actually seemed to shift blame for the unprovoked attacks away from the perpetrators and onto the victims, themselves.
Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes."
"...the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success," Cumbo added.
Cumbo also questioned how black teens "could conceivably commit a 'hate crime' against a community that they know very little about."
Not surprisingly, the statement has angered many in New York's Jewish community...
Rabbi Chanina Sperlin told DNAinfo New York:
I think she has a lot to learn in this community....she’s coming in on such a left foot, and she didn't even step into the City Council yet. I don’t know where the wild dream is coming from that Jewish people want to kick African Americans out of their houses...but it’s definitely not coming from the Jewish community."
Cumbo has since removed the statement from her Facebook page, though she has not apologized for her anti-Semitic words.
However, this is hardly the first absurd statement Cumbo has made...
On June 28, then-candidate Cumbo posted a flyer on her Facebook page protesting the New York City Housing Authority's proposal to close several community centers, which stated:
If our young people do not have alternatives [to] robbing, stealing, what and where will they go besides jail. The city will be hit with thousands of civil rights lawsuits to fight police harassment and brutality if our youth are left on the streets and then attacked by police for simply being on the street when there is no place else for them to go!"
While the statement is rather poorly written, the message was clear: Black teens are not responsible for their own actions, and the NYPD is racist!
Think there might be more than a few Jewish Democrats feeling a twinge of voter remorse in the borough of Brooklyn today?