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June 6, 2006

Whose "White Masters"?

The Daily Politics

The issue of race, stirred up in yesterday's Daily News column by Ben Smith, reached a new low in a late post on Smith's blog Daily Politics, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton and Bertha Lewis's press release and, in the comments section, Dan Goldstein's apology.

Too bad for Atlantic Yards critics that debate and discourse has deviated from the merits and criticisms of the project and fallen into the gutter.

So, what have we learned from this episode?

That DDDB spokesperson and footprint homeowner Dan Goldstein is a rank amateur when it comes to working the press, gets hot headed and stressed out living under threat of eminent domain and makes an unbelievably, incredibly stupid blunder.

That Daily News columnist Ben Smith doesn't appreciate being barked at in email by a "beginner" like Dan Goldstein. Now part of the story ("tools" was Smith's verbage), the columnist slaps Dan with his own race card and then posts Rev. Al's press release.

That Reverend Al Sharpton and Bertha Lewis are "shocked, shocked" by the racially divisive remarks.

Here's more coverage of the fallout:
Metro NY, Race flap over Nets arena foe’s comments
The Real Estate Observer, "Wealthy White Masters"
The Real Estate Observer, Daniel Goldstein Apologizes ...
The Real Deal, Fresh fuel for Atlantic Yards controversy

Atlantic Yards Report, "Divisiveness: Is it about Goldstein—or Ratner?," includes reaction at last night's candidate forum.

Posted by lumi at June 6, 2006 8:45 AM