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Apr 17, 2022 Aditi Ramaswami

WEEKEND READER: For Eric Adams, Cruelty Is The Point

NYC’s new mayor has made it his personal mission to upend the lives of the city’s most vulnerable.
WEEKEND READER: For Eric Adams, Cruelty Is The Point
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

In his early months as mayor of New York City, Eric Adams has managed to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. He appointed anti-LGBTQ pastors to his administration, tried to hire his brother for a lucrative police department gig, and even installed a deputy mayor for public safety who was caught up in a corruption scandal.

Most notably, Adams has made it his personal mission to prioritize law and order at the cost of the city’s most vulnerable residents — a scheme corporate media has helped move along. But such an approach, which has included ramped-up homeless encampment sweeps, “is a theater of cruelty: a waste of resources that does nothing to address homeless New Yorkers’ need for housing,” as noted in a Jacobin story that we highlight below.

Read all about it in this week’s Weekend Reader, exclusively for supporting subscribers below.

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