In an interview Tuesday with radio station WAMC, Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the taboo “N-word” while discussing a New York Times op-ed on discrimination against Italian-Americans.
“The Times also said in an article the other day, apropos of nothing, they were talking about it,” Cuomo said. “Going back to the Italian Americans because now you have me. They used an expression that southern Italians were called quote-unquote, and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting The Times, n**ger wops. N-word wops as a derogatory comment.”
“As Italian Americans, we must also remember that we ourselves are not immune from attack. The ugliness of Italian American stereotyping is still alive and well. Our battle is not over,” Cuomo had said Saturday at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Gala.
The governor’s brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, was caught on video recently losing his temper at being called “Fredo,” which Cuomo falsely claimed is like “the N-word to Italians.”