John Faso is making his congressional race about skin color rather than issues that affect our lives, like education, and health care, and the environment. This week’s Washington Post article underscores Faso’s re-election strategy that uses lyrics from a hip-hop album that Delgado made eleven years ago to discredit him as a qualified candidate.
Antonio Delgado, a Rhode Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Law School defends his old music and explains that “issues like income inequality, issues like gender equality, issues like the pollution of our environment and climate change — these are all issues that I talked about back then as an artist that I’m now talking about” as a candidate.
Faso’s friend, SUNY New Paltz professor Gerald Benjamin, famously said that “People like us, people in rural New York, we are not people who respond to this part of American culture.” As a retired public school teacher and a “rural New Yorker,” I am a person who does respond to this part of American culture. I reject John Faso and his racist campaign. Show him that he can’t count on racism to win District 19 — we’re better than that!