Carl Paladino apologizes to ‘minority community’ for Obama remarks; explains motivation

‘I certainly am not a racist’

By Carl Paladino;

To Artvoice:

I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize. I thought about them every day as I fought against unqualified and incompetent superintendents, administrators, teachers and School Board members, unfair union contracts, broken homes and children who can’t get the education they need to break that cycle of poverty because our school system is a failure, for reasons that needn’t be. I have shown those who chose not to watch but to enter the arena how to fight the demons. Nevertheless, I won’t be judged by those timid souls who sit unbloodied in the gallery always prepared to criticize.  Nor do I have any respect or regrets for the insane education activists who hover over and defend the dysfunction of the BPS.
I received your emailed survey at an emotional moment after I had just listened to Obama’s statement that he regretted the slaughter in Aleppo that, in fact, resulted from his failed and cowardly foreign policy, a policy to look the other way while innocent people were murdered and starved.  I view Barak Obama as a traitor to American values. We don’t stand down and leave soldiers to die on a battlefield when we can send help. We don’t lie to the American people and the parents of our fallen to get re-elected.  Obama has not led America to a better place by disregarding the rule of law and standing with his elitist brethren as above the law nor has his wife Michele Obama who told our children and the world after the election that now “there is no hope for America.”

Your survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the main stream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy. I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people so responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others. I was wired up, primed to be human and make a mistake. I could not have made a worse choice in the words I used to express my feelings.

It’s all too easy to make mistakes when you’re emotional about the riggedteachers’ contract by an incompetent Board of Education majority who sold out the school district as payback to teacher’s union leader Phil Rumore for his election support. They couldn’t care less about the children of Buffalo. And I’m bewildered about the Supreme Court Judge who tried to dismiss a lawsuit to recover $450 million fleeced from the children of Buffalo by LP Ciminelli during the $1.4 billion schools building project.

I publicly took responsibility for what I said and confirmed those were my answers, but believe it or not, I did not mean to send those answers to Artvoice.  Not that it makes any difference because what I wrote was inappropriate under any circumstance.  I filled out the survey to send to a couple friends and forwarded it to them not realizing that I didn’t hit “forward” I hit “reply.” All men make mistakes.

What is horrible is explaining to my 17 year old daughter how her hero could be so stupid.

What is horrible is watching my family and friends react to the rabid hordes of attacking parasites we now call activist progressives.
It’s been a sick, combative year for America. We changed the direction of our country and beat back the demons for a few decades. I am proud to have been a part of the making of history.
As for the vanquished progressive haters out there spewing their venom at anything that is a reminder of their humiliating defeat, irrelevance is tough to chew on.
For the mean spirited disoriented press trying to find grounding and recover legitimacy on my back, pray that you still have a job next year because you have lost all credibility with the people.

No, I’m not leaving the school board, not when it’s time to help implement the real choice elements of Trump’s plan for education reform.  I’ve spent years dedicated to the mission to defeat the thought that the liberal progressive elitist establishment can continue to hold our minority children captive in the cycle of poverty simply to provide their voting base. I don’t intend to yield to the fanatics among my adversaries.  I certainly am not a racist.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Jamie Moses

Jamie Moses founded Artvoice in 1990


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  • ” I won’t be judged . . . .” Mr Paladino, we DO judge you to be a racist. Like it or not you’re stuck with being a racist. I know that you won’t change so you’ll always be a racist. And we will always call you out on your racist comments. Remain defiant as your credibility slowly, inexorably, gets chipped away.

  • Fact: Carlo Paladino does a bunch a coke with his little gay-boy friend in his private booth at Rich Stadium. I have no idea why – i.e., this unconventional, seemingly ironic, relationship. All I know is the repulsive guido’s special little friend is not lying about this relationship -or- about the drugs they do together. PS, Carlos’ special little friend informed his mother and she was more concerned about his hanging with that POS than what they put up their noses together.

  • So when he said that Michelle Obama should go to Zimbabwe and live in a cave with a gorilla, he was just being funny in a slapstick kind of way, right? He should have also had her slipping on a banana peel.
    Tell me, would you walk into a room filled with black people and make a joke like that?

  • Very true…same with octopuses…octopi…octopots…whatever. But no self-respecting fish would waste time talking with the Combover. Or sea urchins or coral, either. Maybe SpongeBob Squarepants will do it out of sheer politeness, but I can’t see it…

  • I picked up a copy of the Art Voice issue to see first hand. 1) There is not a racist word in Carl’s comment any where, so the local news and others are the one’s making this racist! If I missed a racist word please tell me what is. 2) Carl missed a great opportunity to show everyone what Buffalo needs to move forward in his own works, sorry Carl you blew it. Now they are going to use this to get you off the board because you speak your mind.
    The last question of the 4 was where I must agree with him. There is going to be a huge waste of money if $50 million is spent on an Amtrak station, no business would build a $50M building unless it would generate a pay back in 10 years or less, how many train ticket would they need to sell to break even? Crazy waste of tax payers money once again. Everyone who is for this shame on you! You are the one who need to resign over that comment.

  • I have always subscribed to the belief that one has many acquaintances in life, but few who can truly be considered friends. Paladino might consider those he forwards the horse porn emails to as acquaintances. With his latest outbursts, it seems he’ll be getting a status update.

  • It’s all too easy to make mistakes when you’re emotional about the riggedteachers’ contract by an incompetent Board of Education majority who sold out the school district as payback to teacher’s union leader Phil Rumore for his election support.

    Take a breath, Carlo. You might have a stroke and deprive the world of your delightful presence.
    That would be a shame.

  • Oh, wow. I play that song for therapy from these miscreants. I’ve been playing it a lot lately.

  • The only thing good I can find about him is knowing that, as Johnny Cash wrote, “Sooner or later God will cut him down.”

  • Now, now, we shouldn’t complain about him sending pictures of his first girlfriend to his pals…

  • Not to mention he spent more time grinding his penknives than actually apologizing, and wrote more offensive material than apologetic material, and the only people he seems to really have any concern for is how his 17-year-old daughter is looking at him.
    I bet she’s already got a pretty jaundiced view of him.

  • And he sent it to his friends…you know, tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who YOU are.

  • Because, as Heinrich Himmler said, genocide is not a racist act…it’s just sanitation. So he and his minions happily butchered millions of innocent people on that theory.
    Racists don’t hate other ethnic groups…to do so would be to admit they are human. They regard the people they hate as NOT being human, as being sub-human, so it can’t be racism, can it?
    Ask any Klukker…

  • This response actually only confirms that Paladino is ignorant, arrogant, politically/ideologically warped, clueless about his own vitriol, and a poor example of someone who should guide/influence the education of young people. “Mistakenly” reaching an unintended audience is no excuse for the content of what was said, unless he’s an idiot…or he thinks the rest of us are idiots.

  • The hasty reply/send mea culpa is lame and darkly underscores his technical, social, civil and cultural estrangement from
    the rest of us. I worked with a fossil like him who routinely forwarded his vile and swill smears to all on his contact
    list, offering the same pathetic excuse. It didn’t get him
    absolution either, just revulsion.

  • Disagree with your assessment, Carl. You are an unapologetic racist, you just don’t have the courage to admit it. You are at the bottom of the scale on the human race.

  • Where was the apology? Did I miss it? I read bunch of self serving political gibberish but I couldn’t find the apology.

  • Sir, you disgust me in every word you write.You are the subject of ridicule and enmity worldwide. Your opinion of youself is exaggerated and your accomplishments do not hide your racism. Only a child could view you as a hero because we adults see right through your bovine excrement.

  • Riiiiight. Because a mentally healthy individual forwards videos of BESTIALITY to only his “friends”.

    God, this man is really sick.
    Get help, Paladino.