Breaking the Last Racial Taboo?

White candidate for NYC Public Advocate Places black wife and kids front and center.


There’s nothing more traditional in American politics than the wholesome family portrait: a beaming candidate, beaming spouse,
reluctantly beaming teenagers. But when Bill de Blasio, a candidate for public office in New York City this fall, put his family in his
campaign mailings and TV ads, there was nothing routine about it. De Blasio’s wife of 15 years, Chirlane McCray, is black, his children are of mixed race and, even in one of America’s most liberal cities, no one could remember anything like it. De Blasio, 48, won the crucial Democratic primary in a runoff Sept. 29 and is in line to be the city’s next public advocate, a sort of high-profile ombudsman’s job that’s second in the line of succession to the mayor ...

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