ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was criticized Tuesday for using a racial slur for African Americans while discussing historical discrimination toward darker-skinned Italian immigrants.
The Democrat used the slur in an interview on WAMC radio while speaking about Columbus Day and a recent New York Times article about how Italians overcame bigotry in the U.S.
The governor made his comments as he criticized Italian stereotypes and called for African American, Jewish and Italian communities to stick up for one another when one group faces bigotry.
Cuomo seemed to realize the word might bother people. He said “pardon my language” before he used the N-word followed by a derogatory slur once commonly lobbed against Italians.