Andrew Yang accuses New York Daily News cartoon of using racist stereotype to attack him

New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang accused the New York Daily News of using a racist stereotype to mock him after being criticized for his choice of a favorite subway station.

Yang released a statement on Tuesday.

"Yesterday a Daily News cartoon was published that depicted me — or a racialized caricature clearly intended to be me — as a tourist in Times Square. The cartoon stemmed from an interview where I shared that my favorite subway stop is the one I've used to get home for 22 years," explained Yang.

The cartoon was created by Bill Bramhall and showed Yang coming out of the Times Square subway station as a tourist.


— Bill Bramhall (@BillBramhall) 1621882342.0

Some have taken to ridicule Yang as being not native enough to New York City to run for mayor, but he and others have claimed this is resorting to a racist trope that all Asians aren't American enough.

"I've seen images like this before — in history books from the turn of the century and World War II," Yang continued. "Images of Asians having beady, slanted eyes and buck teeth have been a part of the American consciousness for a long time. It's grounded in a history of casting immigrants and children of immigrants as perpetual foreigners of even subhuman - a stereotype wit has been used to divide and exclude people for hundreds of years."

Yang went on to tie the cartoon with the rise in violence against Asian Americans.

"Every time you say that I'm not a real New Yorker, you're telling another Asian American that they don't belong," he added.

"I've lived here for 25 years in this city," Yang continued. "My wife Evelyn is from Queens, My children were born at St. Luke's. I'm a public school parent. Implying otherwise is the repetition of a narrative that's been used to tell Asians and Latinos and Jews and Muslims and Black Americans that we don't belong."

On Monday his wife Evelyn Yang made similar accusations against the New York Daily News cartoon and called it a "racist disfiguration" of her husband.

Yang is favored to win the mayoral election but Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams is close behind him in polling.

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Andrew Yang's wife excoriates New York Daily News cartoon for 'racist disfiguration' of her husband

Evelyn Yang excoriated the New York Daily News for publishing what she called a "racist disfiguration" of her husband and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.

The cartoon by Bill Bramhall mocked Yang with the common criticism that he wasn't enough of a true New Yorker by representing him as a tourist visiting Times Square.


— Bill Bramhall (@BillBramhall) 1621882342.0

The cartoon was a reference to Yang saying in an interview that Times Square was his favorite subway station, something many New Yorkers saw as an opinion held only by tourists.

"I can't believe my eyes. To publish this racist disfiguration of @AndrewYang as a tourist, in NYC where I was born, where Andrew has lived for 25 years, where our boys were born, where 16% of us are Asian and anti-Asian hate is up 900%," she responded.

I can’t believe my eyes. To publish this racist disfiguration of @AndrewYang as a tourist, in NYC where I was born,…

— Evelyn Yang (@EvelynYang) 1621894025.0

She added a statement from the Asian American and Pacific Islander Victory Alliance denouncing Bramhall's cartoon and the New York Daily News.

"This is disgusting and wrong. Every single day Asian Americans have to fight the notion that we are foreigners. We are here and we're not going anywhere. That's why AAPI representation like @andrewyang is so important," the group said.

Evelyn Yang continued in a second tweet comparing the cartoon to an overtly racist cartoon depiction of a stereotypical Asian person.

Which one is from 2021
— Evelyn Yang (@EvelynYang) May 24, 2021

Yang is the frontrunner in the mayoral race but he faces stiff competition from Eric Adams, a Brooklyn borough president and retired cop. Two other candidates in the mayoral race were mocked and ridiculed when they were woefully unprepared to answer what the cost of an average house or apartment is in New York City.

The election for the Democratic primary of the New York City mayoral race will be conducted on June 22.

Here's the interview where Yang made the Times Square gaffe:

Ziwe with Andrew Yang Ep. 3 Full Interview | ZIWE |