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Great Neck man takes on race baiter
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Barron initially denied ever saying that but then admitted that he wasn't sure.

“I said so much stuff, I'm not sure. But I know the point I was trying to make, they were trying to make it difficult for people of color to get into institutions. I felt that the standards were racist and would have a disproportionate impact.”

The educational standards were raised and since then, Wiesenfeld maintained, the number of black and minority students in the CUNY system has increased.

Barron is no stranger to controversy. The former Black Panther has been a lightning rod in the City Council since his election. In 2002 he hosted Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe who was blamed by the United Nations for starving his country's population. In 2004, he was criticized for suggesting that he felt the need to go up to a “white person” and “slap him, just for my mental health.” Barron also sought to have a street named after the late demagogue Sonny Carson and has been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for supporting a Hamas charity.

Barron said he has sent a letter to Benno Schmidt Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, seeking to have Wiesenfeld removed.

Wiesenfeld is apparently unconcerned.

“Coming from anyone that would be a grievous insult and prompt self-reflection; coming from a person who is a paragon of racism and anti-Semitism and dissimilation and just plain evil like Charles Barron, it's like Alice in Wonderland. It's the opposite, it's a compliment,” he said. “Sonny Carson will come back to life before he gets me dismissed.”

Wiesenfeld and Barron each planned rallies seeking to exert pressure to have the other removed from their respective positions.

Questions or comments? Contact Michael Orbach at morbach@thejewishstar.com

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