ALBANY – NYGOP Executive Vice Chair John Burnett released the following statement in response to House Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries’ past comments comparing Black Republicans to “House Negroes:”
“America – like every person – was born with a sinful stain, but that sin does not define our destiny. American values of freedom, hard work, individual responsibility, and upward social mobility are timeless. The path of American redemption is filled with promises unlocked through perseverance, an unwavering belief in oneself, and compassion toward each other.
“Rep. Jeffries’ comments were regressive when he made them, and he still fuels a divisive climate by insulting members of the Black community with different opinions. He should apologize. The Honorable Mr. Jeffries is a representative from Brooklyn – my birthplace. In the familiar words of Biggie Smalls, Jeffries should spread love; it’s the Brooklyn way.”