By Wilbur C Rich
Experiences the function of the media in shaping public perceptions of David Dinkins' mayoral management.
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Many people questioned whether she was telling the truth. The case became a crime icon of black/white relations in both New York City and the state. The circumstances and the resulting trial are beyond the scope of this book, but sufﬁce to say that the trial created more questions than it answered. Dinkins criticized Brawley’s advisors, Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, and lawyers Alton Maddox Jr. and C. Vernon Mason, for engaging in name calling and for making wild accusations about white ofﬁcials.
41 For many black and brown New Yorkers, September 12, 1989, was a triumphant day. They ﬁnally got rid of Ed Koch. But more important, they had nominated the ﬁrst mayor of African 44 D AV I D D I N K I N S A N D N E W Y O R K C I T Y P O L I T I C S American descent as the Democratic candidate. Black politicians celebrated the end of the years of trying to coalesce around a single candidate for mayor. In Dinkins’ primary victory the audience booed when Koch’s name was mentioned. Dinkins responded, “[N]o, oh no, we’re all together now.
By the time black immigrants such as David Dinkins gained some inﬂuence in the Democratic Party it was a relatively empty vessel. The political clubs could help black politicians to get elected to local ofﬁce, but they had little patronage to distribute to keep the electorate close to the organization. Poor blacks developed a patron-recipient relationship with the welfare department. They were not the exclusive clients of the Democratic Party, because they voted for Democratic candidates, not the party itself.