The mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, denounced an activist who called him “this white boy mayor, this little fa*got” at a rally in support of a city councilwoman.
Speaking on the steps of the city hall, Divine Allah, a New Black Panther Party leader, hurled the homophobic slur at Trenton’s gay mayor Reed Gusciora during a rally on Friday.
Allah also referred to Jewish people as the “true enemy” and labeled white people as “crackers”.
The rally was held after Trenton council member Jerell Blakeley called the council president Kathy McBride an “illiterate crackhead prostitute” during a coronavirus briefing last year.
Blakeley’s words became public last month after a court ordered transcripts from 2020 closed coronavirus meetings be made public as part of a public-access lawsuit.
Blakeley apologized after his words were made public nearly a year after the meeting.
Gusciora shared a 2-minute clip from Allah’s speech on the steps of Trenton’s city hall with the caption: “Another day in Trenton”.
Another day in Trenton. pic.twitter.com/fMkAIDjUzF
— Mayor Reed (@gusciora) March 2, 2021
McBride told The Trentonian she was shocked by Allah’s use of a homophobic slur at a public rally, saying he is an “activist on the militant side.”
She said the use of the slur “wasn’t my message; that was his”.
“Small things hurt people, and the brother spoke, and I didn’t like that,” McBride said.
Gusciora said he was appalled by Allah’s speech.
“They’re having a press conference condemning hate with more hate on city hall steps,” he told The Trentonian. “Can’t make this stuff up.”
He explained the local government is “trying to open the city up for development and for people to invest in our city”, but “we’re holding ourselves out as a bunch of haters.” Gusciora said: “That no outsiders needs apply, including gays and Jews.
“It’s just unfortunate and shouldn’t be representative of our city.”
In a post on Twitter, Gusciora added: “Hate should have no place in the capital city.”