Novelist Junot Diaz Endorses Bill de Blasio, Condemns Bloomberg’s “Racist” Comments
An ad for the city’s largest union. “When Bloomberg looks at a photograph of de Blasio’s family, he thinks racism. Me, I just think New York,” the Oscar Wao author says.
In a radio ad set to air during the final two days of the New York City
primary, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz endorses Bill de
Blasio and takes aim at Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Diaz, a Dominican-American novelist and member of a number of New York
City activist groups, recorded the ad for the city’s largest union, 1199
SEIU. The 60-second spot will air starting Monday morning on the top
five English-language stations in the city, according to a spokesman
with the health care workers union, which endorsed de Blasio in May.
Diaz spot joins two other radio ads — one featuring Russell Simmons,
and the other John Leguizamo — already airing in support of de Blasio,
who is leading his Democratic rivals by more than 10 points in the polls
ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
In the ad, Diaz responds directly to comments Bloomberg made in an interviewwith New York Magazine,
published Saturday morning. Citing the way in which de Blasio has
prominently featured his wife, who is black, and his two teenage
children, Bloomberg called the frontrunner’s campaign “class-warfare and
“Mayor Bloomberg seems to think that showing up in a photo with your black wife is ‘racist,’” Diaz says.
can keep hunting for billionaires,” the ad continues. “Me, I’m backing
de Blasio for the next mayor. De Blasio intends to forge a new covenant
for our city —one that prizes democracy over privilege, justice over
inequality, and makes the problems of immigrant families no less
important than the problems of billionaires.”
“When Bloomberg looks at a photograph of de Blasio’s family, he thinks racism. Me, I just think New York,” Diaz says.
author has endorsed assembly and congressional candidates in the past,
but the ad marks his first major comments on the New York City mayoral