WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2013. From Mark McLean, New Rochelle Lincoln Zuber Riders. October 21, 2013:
New Rochelle Lincoln Zuber Riders for Justice, a local New Rochelle organization made up of prominent African-American and Latino leaders, is calling on former President Bill Clinton to cancel a scheduled appearance at a fund raiser for New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
President Clinton has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Black community going so far as to essentially apologize, on behalf of the entire country, for its role in slavery and the slave trade. Albeit, President Clinton was not responsible for the actions of this country at that time, he saw it fit to acknowledge the wrongs of the past.
Despite this laudable record, President Clinton will soon host a Fundraiser for Westchester County Executive Candidate Noam Bramson.
“As Mayor and City Councilman, Bramson has voted to destroy the Black district in New Rochelle, supported a plan to remove blacks from public housing and locked out the President of the New Rochelle NAACP from the historic Lincoln Park,” said Mark McLean, spokesperson for the Zuber Riders.
“Black people know Bill Clinton and Noam Bramson is no Bill Clinton, Noam’s track record in the Black community has been detrimental,” said McLean.
In addition to examples cited in an advertisement sponsored by the Zuber Riders which ran in several area newspapers — but was banned by the Journal News –the Zuber Riders has recently uncovered more information demonstrating Bramson’s hostility towards Blacks going back to his days growing up in New Rochelle and while in college.
In a 1987, New York Times article, Bramson described a segregated high school experience where he associated almost entirely with white students in honors classes, isolated from black students, who Bramson described as “hanging out” in “their” classes and eating in a segregated “lower” lunchroom.
Continuing his pattern of disrespect only two years after leaving high school, as Vice Chair of the Harvard Student Council, Noam Bramson led the fight to defund a African student association.
According to Bramson, as quoted in the Harvard Crimson, the African Students Association was not making “great enough efforts” to meet Bramson’s prior conditions for funding the group. Bramson was overruled by the Student Council which voted to continue funding over Bramson’s objections.
“We call on President Clinton to cancel his fundraiser for Noam Bramson,” said Mark McLean. “Noam is not deserving of the honor of standing with a real leader that respects the Black community.
“Our organization continues to call on Noam Bramson to apologize for his hostility toward Blacks and is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can get Bramson to apologize for his shoddy treatment of minorities in New Rochelle,” said McLean.