A staffer for Staten Island Councilwoman Debi Rose spewed a racial slur at a black constituent who sought help to get a sidewalk paved in his neighborhood.
“Whaaat? Diane Savino is taking credit for resolving this problem. Oh I hate Staten Island and the handkerchief heads!,” Rose constituent affairs deputy Stephanie Shavuo said in an Aug. 3 email response to Port Richmond resident Everett Wattley.
The term “handkerchief head” is a slur meant to paint a black woman as subservient to whites, akin to the equally derogatory “Uncle Tom.”
Diane Savino is a state senator, who like Rose, represents Staten Island and was also asked to address
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