Clash at Bay Ridge’s MLK Day ‘solidarity’ march

Solid as a block: A block-long line of locals march in solidarity.
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Bay Ridgites clashed at a march intended to unite the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Hundreds walked along Fourth Avenue in a “protest against hate” condemning Donald Trump’s election, citing the president-elect’s vitriol against immigrants, Muslims, and women. But a half-dozen conservative locals formed a counter-protest and challenged organizers, who they say overlooked the hate levied against law enforcement and average white people.

“They were leaving out hate against the police, hate against the white working-class,” said Liam McCabe, a Republican and community activist who felt he was joining the march rather than protesting it. “I thought their description of hate was very black and white. And I think the reality is, it’s much more nuanced, and so we wanted to challenge their narrative, but march in solidarity. Especially on a day like Martin Luther King day, we wanted to say that there is another side to hate and not everyone accepts their vision of what hate is.”

Ironically, some peace demonstrators hurled insults at McCabe and crew, but the contradictory conservatives were asking for it by bringing what appeared to be an intentionally divisive message to the party, another demonstrator said.

“It misses the point, because the whole idea of the march was to support solidarity — to come together as a community,” said Bay Ridgite Cem Kurosman, who came out with his wife and daughter. “There’s not a lack of support for the police, there’s a lack of support for solidarity. It certainly goes nowhere hurling insults back and forth.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
SJWs vs Old People ...can we just launch that whole mess into the sun?
Jan. 18, 2017, 7:11 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
A ridiculous story about a ridiculous march. The march organizers have a very selective definition of "hate" and of "solidarity". Personally I cannot stand Trump, but the march organizers, and the marchers who hurled insults at McCabe et al, are highly politicized propagandists with a polarizing agenda. Do bigots like Sarsour ever march for the protection of Christians, Copts, Bahai, Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Hindus that are regularly killed and uniformly oppressed in Muslim majority countries? Of course not. They would rather pretend that Muslims are oppressed or endangered in the West, which is a patent lie.
Jan. 18, 2017, 9 am
Beverly from Brooklyn Heights says:
Very typical, this march has nothing to do with inclusion and solidarity. It's an expression of the very narrow views of a large part of society - what they consider good (and therefore acceptable) and an attempt to forcibly crush what they consider bad (for them must be forbidden or intimidated). They destroy the spirit of Matin Luther King by only judging people by the color of their skin. They ignore the humanity, and only see race.
Jan. 18, 2017, 9:46 am
Nick from Bay Ridge says:
I had no idea conservatives were such snowflakes. Liam and gang are more thin skinned than any sjw.
Jan. 18, 2017, 11:26 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
I love when non-discriminated groups complain and cry about people demanding justice and fairness. Cowards. Thankfully, their numbers are dwindling in NYC.
Jan. 18, 2017, 11:30 am
Tony from Bay Ridge says:
What happened was: Liam went there to cause trouble and failed. If any of the demonstrators insulted him I didn't hear it but it doesn't matter because he was going to claim he was treated with hostility no matter what the facts were.
Jan. 18, 2017, 11:37 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
@ Charles

You hit the nail on the head, by accident. Muslims are far more often in the role of oppressors, and very seldom disadvantaged in the US in any meaningful way.
Jan. 18, 2017, 12:09 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
It was a great event. I'm glad that I could participate.
Jan. 18, 2017, 1:37 pm
Virginia from Washington Heights says:
Nick - snowflakes? What? Because they're white? I can't believe you'd put them down with a racial slur. Surely what MLK would have wanted *rolls eyes*
Jan. 18, 2017, 3 pm
Lucy from Brooklyn Heights says:
Martin Luther King would be sad to see these close minded, regressive, racially segregating liberals marching supposedly in his name.
Jan. 19, 2017, 10:06 am
Cem from Bay Ridge says:
Email I just sent to Caroline Spivack:

Ms. Spivack-

Your article on Monday's march in Bay Ridge is very disappointing. By no means can you characterize it as a "clash." The tone of the march was overwhelmingly positive as I expressed clearly in the interview. It's sensationalist to portray it otherwise. You're stoking controversy where none existed, and that's irresponsible journalism that does harm to our community.

You also misrepresented my quote. I said that it was Liam McCabe who missed the point of the march, and I told you that I didn't hear anyone hurling insults at one another. You also left out part of my quote where I said that the police are a vital part of our community and that we all need to look out for one another.

Please print a correction that clarifies your use of my quote.

Thank you,
Cem Kurosman
Jan. 19, 2017, 11:05 am
Not Mr. Magoo from Bay Ridge says:
Muslins are so oppressed in Bay Ridge that every new store that opens on Fifth Avenue is one of theirs.
Jan. 19, 2017, 3:13 pm
Hank from Bay Ridge says:
I was at this march, and it was very peaceful—no "clash." Shame on the editors for that headline. And shame on McCabe for showing up to troll in real life. Hooray for the several hundreds of marchers (seriously? five people w/ signs determine the headline, the bulk of the story AND get the lead photo, not the FOUR HUNDRED people who organized a march to show solidarity in the community?) who didn't give him the attention he craved, meaning no news outlet but this one could report on it as such.

This paper has been better since Gersh left, who wouldn't run a story unless it could be framed as us vs. them, which may have been good for clicks but was bad for the community. This unfortunately feels like it was written using that old template. Don't forget: several tens of thousands of us actually live in these neighborhoods!
Jan. 20, 2017, 2:24 pm
Adamben from Bedstuy says:
Nice to see the haters highlighting why there needed to be a March. This is a why we need mental health coverage:repugs are in need of help.
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:45 pm
Quasooma from Astoria says:
Muslims heve too stend up and feight I cum here from Suria last year thank Obama the king and all infidels are hate the Muslims. Muhammad is the true and no other is the true all the infidels are hell I hate al tha infidels
Jan. 23, 2017, 8:15 pm
Uncle Joe dunney from Shore hill rest home says:
Whoa Nelly, uncle Joe was laid up with lumbago or else I would of put a stop to those communists post haste.
Feb. 5, 2017, 6:58 am

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