09/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dinkins to Paterson: Don't Pull Race Card

Not everyone in the public eye is quick to pull the race card these days. Just ask former New York City mayor, David Dinkins, says The New York Times. Dinkins, the city's first Black mayor, recently offered some blunt advice to David A. Paterson, New York State's first Black governor: Don't accuse your critics of racism. Mr. Dinkins was reacting to comments Mr. Paterson made in a radio interview on Friday, August 2, that he was the victim of a racially motivated news media campaign to keep him from running for election next year.

“Definitely he should get off the racist thing,” Mr. Dinkins, a longtime friend of Paterson, said to the paper. “Right or wrong, it’s a fight you sure can’t win.”—BB

Do you agree or disagree with Mr. Dinkins? Why or why not?

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