New York City Mayor Eric Adams is calling out Black Lives Matter activists, branding them “hypocrites” for protesting the death of George Floyd in 2020 but refusing to protest black-on-black shootings.
During an interview on the NY1 channel on April 13, the Democrat mayor was asked about how he planned to tackle the issue of skyrocketing shootings in the city, especially in light of the April 12 subway shooting in Brooklyn.
“I thought Black Lives Matter,” Adams responded. “Where are all those who stated ‘Black Lives Matter’? Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx, in Brooklyn. The victims were black. Many of the shooters were black.”
He then went on to pose a well-known and important question to adults and caregivers: “It’s… 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Why are 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds out in our streets armed with guns [late] at night? When are we going to start asking these serious questions?”
Adams then recalled the wave of protesters in New York City and across the country in the summer of 2020, calling out the BLM supporters directly.
“If Black Lives Matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now stating that the lives of these black children that are dying every night matter. We can’t be hypocrites,” he said.
According to statements given to the New York Post by police and sources, three people were killed — including a 23 year old woman and two men, aged 22 and 21 — and at least 13 others were wounded in shootings in the Bronx and in Brooklyn late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
While Adams calls out BLM activists, the Black Lives Matter organization as a whole is facing increased scrutiny as of late, as the organization’s finances are being examined and questions by authorities.