John Crow, a Caribbean-American by way of Grenada and host of the “Caribbean Classroom” talk show on cable TV, summed up the recent New York City mayoral election in a Facebook post last week, saying , “Brace your selves. Ah change is ah coming to these parts.”
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio — and his Caribbean supporters — are basking in the glow of victory and hoping for change after more than a decade of Republican rule in City Hall.
With many Caribbean-American voters and others, de Blasio’s everyman persona resonated loudly with voters and helped give the candidate an overwhelming victory on Election Day. It was refreshing for many to track the everyman candidate doing everyday things — working out on an exercise bike and weight machines at his Y in his Brooklyn neighborhood and taking his treks to the laundry.
But for Caribbean New Yorkers, there was more. For years, Caribbean-Americans have said de Blasio has always been respectful and supportive of immigrants’ achievement and rights — and not because of his appearance at the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn.
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