Absurd: Minister Calls NYC a ‘Plantation’ During Race-Focused de Blasio Inauguration


rev-fred-lucas-jr-de-blasioRace took center stage Wednesday at the inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, with one minister who peppered his invocation with slavery references comparing New York City to a “plantation,” and singer Harry Belafonte decrying racial injustices as “Dickensian.”

“Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness,” Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., said during his invocation.

“Elevate our valleys. Make low our mountains. Make our crooked places straight and our rough places smooth. Oh God, oh God, oh God, break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.”

Furthering his slavery analogy, the cleric said:

“Oh God, on this first day of January-the anniversary of the first Emancipation Proclamation-sound forth the trumpets of heaven proclaiming a new Emancipation Proclamation in New York City.

“From your divine leadership, emancipate every New Yorker from the shackles of fear, futility and frustration …. Oh God, end the civil wars and usher in a new Reconstruction Era that builds upon the many successes and achievements of yesterday while proclaiming the beginning of a new beginning.”

The brief speech alarmed some observers, who took to Twitter to denounce the aggressive rhetoric.

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  1. Yeah, all the citizens of New York City will become the slaves of the plantation known as City Hall: They will become much more dependent on the government.

    This guy is pushing the classic Marxist idealism: Everyone should be economically equal no matter what. And, if there no equality, the government will step in and make sure that there is “equality”.

    We have been hearing drivel like this from Obama since 2007. Cannot imagine how the people are not tired of this same-old same-old by now…

  2. Using the term “plantation” is a bit extreme. Most of the other images come from the Tanach (Isaiah, mostly) or (lehavdil) the NT.

    It isn’t wise to reinforce in African Americans the self-serving belief that they are still in slavery. They aren’t, and believing that they are will impede their progress.

  3. You voted him in NY, now you have to live with him. What a radical liberal. He will destroy your city as all liberals have done during their tenure…you are bound to end up like Detroit, G-d forbid.

  4. All you Bloomberg bashers are now aware just how dumb you were all those complaining years. And this administration is just 24 hours old!!!!!!! What you really wanted was something for nothing, just like this plantation chap.