The New York Times Has An Afro Problem

Maybe the Good Grey Lady was having a bad hair day Wednesday, but the Times certainly seems to be double-talking about the Afro sported by Dante de Blasio, son of New York’s mayoral frontrunner.

Two days ago the Times ran a front-page feature on Chirlane McCray, the very involved wife of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill di Blasio.

Once Alienated, and Now a Force in Her Husband’s Bid for Mayor

Chirlane McCray Plays Key Role in de Blasio Campaign


She was the seventh-grader too frightened to stand in front of the room because her white classmates would mock her, contorting their mouths to make their lips look big. She was the smoldering teenager who took to writing poems every day to wrestle with her isolation and anger. She was the eldest daughter of one of the only black families in Longmeadow, Mass., who arrived home to see their new house scrawled with racist graffiti.

“I had never had a deep sense of belonging anywhere,” recalled Chirlane McCray, whose husband, Bill de Blasio, is now the front-runner to become the next mayor of New York. “I always felt I was an outsider.”

Well, she’s the consummate insider now, as the Times piece minutely details. And then there’s this detail.

She has been taken aback by the sudden stardom of her Afro-favoring son who has been mobbed at public events, deluged with requests to appear on television and irritated that those who approach him only want to talk about his hair.

Fair enough, except for this piece in yesterday’s Times, which represented a total about-face.

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C’mon, Dante and assorted Timesniks. Sort this out, yeah?


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