Fetterman adopted Braddock’s spelling which showed his loyalty to the Crips

Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, adopted a spelling of Braddock, Pennsylvania, in his first mayoral election that “recognizes[d] an allegiance that many young residents have with the Crips gang, ”said the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Previously reported.

In a 2006 article written by former Post-Gazette Journalist Ann Belsar, who the Washington Free Beacon recently unearthed, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman claimed there were two versions of the city. The traditional spelling of Braddock ending in “CK” referred to the older generation of citizens, who knew the once bustling and prosperous area.

“It is these young people who belong to the other Braddock, the one Mr. Fetterman calls ‘BRADDOCC’, or ‘OCC’,” Belsar wrote. “It’s the borough’s underground spelling, which he said recognizes an allegiance many young residents have with the Crips gang.”

In a 2015 blog posted to Medium.com by Dustin Slaughter, Fetterman, who served as mayor from 2006 to 2019, admitted he mistook both spellings for campaign slogans. Fetterman explained that since “CK” is a “street reference to ‘Crip killer'”, adding that “they turned the ‘k’ into ‘c'”. New York Post reported in 2007, “Crip killer” is a phrase used by the Bloods, another national gang that rivals the Crips. According to Brad Hamilton, author of Job article, the Bloods often purposely wear Calvin Klein jeans in homage to the phrases “CK” or “Crip killer.”

Fetterman explained:

So during my campaign, I [used] “Vote John Mayor of Braddocc” and “Vote John Mayor of Braddock” as it is traditionally spelled, and the reason I did this is that there are two Braddocks, and you have to recognize that. We have to recognize that this is the Braddock that only young people know, the Braddock of despair and decline, and they grew up in a time when they didn’t know there were 14 furniture stores and three movie theatres. And I got criticized for that because some people thought I spelled it like a gangster. No, there are two Braddocks. And we have to bring them together and agree on how to move forward, which is why I wrote this the way I did. Because at the end of the day I carry their flag, because they are the ones who made the difference that I won by one vote in that first election.

In 2006, he launched a website called braddocc.com, which is no longer in operation. The website was designed to attract artists and gallery owners to settle in the city, Belsar noted. Fetterman’s vision of injecting art into the city came to fruition. The Unsmoke Systems art space, which its website says was a project of the nonprofit Braddock Redux founded by Fetterman, opened in 2008. As Free Beacon’s Chuck Ross previously reported noted, the gallery held an “I Am Palestine” exhibition in 2012. It featured “a so-called apartheid wall that condemns the 440-mile Israeli-built barrier separating Israel from the West Bank following a wave of ‘Palestinian suicide bombings launched from the territory that left an estimated 700 Israeli civilians dead’.

His campaign told the outlet that he “is and always has been a pro-Israel Democrat.”

Fetterman boasted that Braddock “has gone five-and-a-half years in town homicide-free” and claimed his town hall has been “very successful in reducing, dramatically lowering crime.” However, during Fetterman’s tenure, violent crime increased between 2013 and 2018 and peaked in 2017, as John Binder of Breitbart News reported, citing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics.


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