“Many people are surprised to learn that a number of iconic places in our city are named after individuals who held people as slaves,” said Mr. DuBois. “Should New Yorkers live on the streets or go to schools or buildings named after slave holders or should those names be changed?”
Mr. DuBois referred to people like Peter Stuyvesant, a managing director from New Holland who owned slaves; a large apartment complex on the East Side of Manhattan bears his name. Rikers Island, home to New York’s main prison complex, is named after the Riker family, which includes Richard Riker, who sent black Americans into slavery.
“We shouldn’t honor people who have had an abusive past,” Adams said.
Ms Wiley, who previously worked as a civil rights lawyer, said the symbols were important and these places should be renamed. But she added that it was also important to ensure that all communities of color “finally get the attention, investment and change they deserve.”
Maya Wiley presented herself as the best progressive candidate.
Ms Wiley was able to present herself as the leading progressive candidate in the debate, helped in part by the Mr Stringer scandals and the absence of Dianne Morales on the debate stage.
Nowhere has she done this more decisively than on the issue of the police and their use of firearms.
“Attorney General Tish James is proposing legislation to prevent cops from firing their guns, the use of force as a last resort,” Ms. Kramer said. “Now some might ask, why not go all the way and withdraw guns like they do in 19 other countries where most of the police are unarmed? “
Ms. Wiley did not rule out the idea, as all the other candidates did. Instead, she equivocated.
First, she said the mayor’s No.1 job was security.
Ms Kramer stepped in to ask if she would take the police weapons away from them.
Ms Wiley responded by talking about the importance of getting illegal guns off the streets. Ms. Kramer tried one last time: “But are you going to withdraw the weapons from the NYPD?” “