Blasting “greedy Jewish landlords” for their “ethnic cleansing” of black and Hispanic renters, Thomas Lopez-Pierre is mounting a bid for New York City Council.
The district he’s running in takes in parts of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights – areas that contain large Jewish populations.
“Jewish Landlords … are at the forefront of ethnic cleansing/pushing Black/Hispanic tenants out of their apartments,” Lopez-Pierre writes on his Web site.
He will face district incumbent Mark Levine in this fall’s Democratic primary, which is decisive in choosing who will occupy the seat. Lopez-Pierre is currently angling to raise enough money to secure $100,000 in matching funds from New York City, and he claims to have raised more than half the necessary amount.
This isn’t Lopez-Pierre’s first brush with notoriety. Back in 2013, when he initially faced Levine, he said his rival wanted “to sneak into office like a thief in the night.” Previously, he attempted to found a social club in Harlem that would only admit rich black and Latino men and attractive women of color.
He said at the time: “I want it all, and I got it all. There are men who want the same.”
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
‘Greedy Jewish Landlords’ Are The Problem, Says NYC Pol