NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the invocations during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration Wednesday raised some eyebrows when the Sanitation Department’s chaplain compared New York City to a “plantation.”
Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. was one of four people to deliver an invocation during Wednesday’s ceremony.READ MORE: Driver Charged After 15-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed By School Bus In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run
“Free us from the shackles of partisan politics, political correctness and personal egos and agendas,” he said. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness.”
The comparison of New York City to a plantation unleashed a rush of tweets online, with many calling Lucas’ comments a disgrace.READ MORE: Children Embrace The Lessons Of Dr. Martin Luther King: 'A Very Special Man Who Wanted To Change The World'
But others like Councilman Brad Lander applauded the speech, calling it a “powerful and fearless call for justice.”
Keith Urbahn, a one-time aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was stunned that the Sanitation Department even has a chaplain.
In his inauguration speech Wednesday, de Blasio thanked Lucas and the others who delivered invocations for their words of prayer.MORE NEWS: Experts Say 'Blue Monday' Is A Good Reminder To Reach Out To Those Who May Be In Need Of Emotional Support
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