New York Mayor de Blasio Turns His Back on Bakery Owner Pleading For Help
August 14, 2020
On Wednesday, August 12, Mayor Bill de Blasio was having a conversation with Chinatown bakery owner 26-year-old Patrick Mock of 46 Mott Bakery. The conversation seemed to be going well. Mock was explaining to de Blasio the struggles of what Chinatown has been going through and was giving various ideas on how to increase foot traffic throughout the neighborhood.
The encounter was recorded and tweeted by New York Post reporter Elizabeth Meryl Rosner.
De Blasio seemed to be listening to Mock as he was getting emotional about the topic but then de Blasio abruptly turns his back on Mock and walks away mid-sentence.
“I was pissed off, we had what seemed like a good conversation about getting to know what is happening to our neighborhood and what are our needs, but got blown off in three seconds by him walking off from me and didn’t hear me out,” Mock stated toSpectrum News NY.
Mock’s idea was to close down some streets to car traffic on the weekends and create a night-market-like atmosphere for businesses. One of many great ideas to increase revenue for a financially devastated Chinatown.
“We want that type of energy throughout Chinatown because Chinatown is not only one block, it is a whole neighborhood,” Mock continued.
Many Asian-Americans feel betrayed by Mayor de Blasio, including Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. “This has been kind of a symbol. That is why it is so significant. I think, because we really feel like the city, the state and the federal government has turned their backs on us,” Niou stated.
Mayor de Blasio has been actively trying to go after the local Asian-American community for their dominance in specialized schools in the area, which require a SHSAT for admittance. Many of these specialized schools are more than 50% Asian and de Blasio views that as “racist.” Oddly, he’s okay with the NBA and NFL being more than 50% African-American.
The Mayor’s Office released a statement addressing the incident on Wednesday. “New Yorkers are never afraid to share their thoughts, and we’re grateful for his ideas and advocacy for his community. We know COVID-19 has hit small businesses hard, and we’re actively exploring more ways to help Chinatown recover.”