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May 26, 2017 5:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Community Reacts To Southampton Village Board Candidate Using Slur In Call To Police

May 30, 2017 4:48 PM

Many Southampton Village residents and officials voiced outrage this week after a candidate for Village Board in the June 16 election acknowledged placing a call to Village Police last summer and using a racial slur when referring to a group of black men standing in front of her home in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Valerie Smith, who is white, on Friday confirmed that she made the call, and used the slur, after a recording was obtained by The Press on Friday via a Freedom of Information Law request—and she went on to defend her use of the word, and used it several more times in an interview.

The call, made at 6:17 p.m. on August 5, 2016, from her residence on Windward Way, included Ms. Smith reporting that there were “a bunch of niggers” standing in front of her house, drinking “Hennessy.” She asked to have a police officer sent to her street to get them away from her house.

A source had told The Press about the call made to Village Police, and the recording. A FOIL request was submitted, and a copy of the recording was provided by the village, since it is a public record.

Without even hearing the recording on Friday, Ms. Smith, 53, confirmed that she had made the call, then repeatedly used the “n-word” throughout a phone call with a reporter.

Ms. Smith said her use of the racial slur was no big deal, and she should be entitled to use it whenever she wants. She suggested that comedian Eddie Murphy made a career out of using the word, and added that she grew up hearing it on television in the 1970s show “All in the Family.”

“Now, all of a sudden, I can’t use it?” Ms. Smith said in the phone interview on Friday. “Sorry—I live in a black neighborhood. I came here and didn’t see color.”

Ms. Smith said she purchased the home in the largely African-American Hillcrest neighborhood nearly six years ago. She said she converted her home, which she called a “rodent-infested dump,” into an oasis.

“I came into this neighborhood colorblind,” she said. “… When you are a pioneer, like I am, it’s not easy. I’m the only white person who owns and lives on this street.”

Southampton Village Police Department Lieutenant Chris Wetter said that over the past six years, Ms. Smith has called the police department between 100 and 200 times. Most of the complaints were about litter, noise, illegal parking and public drinking.

Ms. Smith admitted to making that many calls, saying her neighborhood is neglected.

One night, she said, she couldn’t sleep in her bedroom because of the noise coming from in front of her house. So she put on some shoes and walked outside.

“I said, ‘You f------ niggers!’ and they just dispersed,” Ms. Smith recalled.

The next night, when she came home, she saw them in front of her house again, and heard one of the men call her name. Ms. Smith asked who he was, and he replied that he was the man she had used the racial slur toward the night before.

In relating the story, she referred to the man, who she said was in his 30s, as “boy,” and said she told him, “I know you’re a good guy, but you don’t behave like that … If you want to behave like that, you’re going to be a nigger.”

Ms. Smith said she has been harassed by the people in the neighborhood, but not everyone, because she recognizes that there are good people there. Instead, she said a large portion of the problems are from the traffic that comes in from Flanders and Riverside.

“I am entitled to peace and quiet and enjoyment in my residence,” said Ms. Smith, who said she now sleeps in her basement because she can’t sleep in her bedroom when the noise outside is loud.

Brenda Simmons, who lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood, and has been one of the forces behind establishing an African American museum in Southampton, said on Monday that she was “very appalled” by Ms. Smith’s comments, though she added that she was not surprised.

“I’m not shocked she would use the word—I’m not,” she said. “That’s unfortunately what is disgusting to me.”

Working as Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley’s assistant for nearly 12 years, Ms. Simmons said, she got to know Ms. Smith very well. Many of the conversations between Ms. Smith and Ms. Simmons dealt with the Hillcrest neighborhood. But at one point, she said, the discussions stopped.

After hearing about Ms. Smith’s call to police and interview with The Press, Ms. Simmons said, she has been on the phone nonstop.

“I have been in contact with [government] officials, and they all agree that we cannot stay silent on this situation,” said Ms. Simmons, referring to local officials including Mr. Epley, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. “All of us are outraged by her comments.

“I am glad that the powers that be are coming together to address this issue and it’s not going to be swept under the rug, because that day is over,” she added.

Tavia Jeffries, 19, of the Hillcrest neighborhood, who said she’s familiar with Ms. Smith, said was shocked by the article, but, at the same time, not.

“It’s nothing new to hear this,” Ms. Jeffries, who is black, said on Tuesday. “She was just more vocal. She has said things that many have thought, and it just continues to open my eyes.”

Ms. Jeffries said she remembers the night that Ms. Smith came outside—because she said she was there.

As far as individuals continuing to use racial slurs, Ms. Jeffries said it only motivates her to raise awareness on the issue. “It gives me a reason to show them why those terms they use to describe my people are not proper,” she said. “It is rude and disrespectful to call anyone out of their name.”

In a statement made to The Press by Mr. Epley, the Southampton Village mayor said, “Southampton is a very diversified community, and our elected officials have to recognize that. Her comments on the phone are unacceptable and inappropriate. And her justification is inexcusable.”

Other Village Board members echoed Mr. Epley’s stance.

Southampton Village Trustee and mayoral candidate Richard Yastrzemski said Ms. Smith’s statements can’t be tolerated, and he echoed Mr. Epley in saying it was inexcusable.

“To say it openly, defend it and say it on tape? If you don’t see the big deal about it, that’s a problem,” Mr. Yastrzemski said. “She doesn’t get why the other side is offended. You gotta be able to see all sides.”

“It’s a very serious thing that she did,” Southampton Village Trustee and mayoral candidate Michael Irving said on Monday. “Her comments and use of racial slurs is totally unacceptable. I’m not sure she understands the ramifications of what she did.”

Ms. Smith announced her candidacy in the upcoming Southampton Village Board election, her first run for public office, saying she was prompted in part by wanting to get some attention to her neighborhood.

Since the article was published on 27East.com on Friday, Ms. Smith’s Facebook page has become splattered with hateful messages, but also some messages of support. In one reply, Ms. Smith posted, “... I have had gangsters, hoodlums, hanging in front of my house regularly for 6 years!!! I finally broke down last summer.”

She followed that post up with, “By ‘hanging out’ I mean: drinking, playing loud music, throwing their garbage on my property, smoking and flicking their small cigars into my shrubs and hedges, talking loud. Basically continual harassment for 6 years. Oh! And telling [me] this is their neighborhood and I don’t belong here. Like, ‘white bitch get back into your house,’ etc. I know it is hard to believe that black people don’t like white people.

“Frankly, I should get a f*****g metal [sic] for having endured this bulls**t for so long!” she added.

Readers leaving comments on 27East’s Facebook page and on the story online largely criticized Ms. Smith, though some defended her use of the racial slur and echoed some of her arguments.

Ms. Simmons suggested that those going to vote on June 16 do their research before voting.

Ms. Smith said she has no plans to drop out of the race.
“That’s why I’m running for trustee,” Ms. Smith said. “This neighborhood needs help.”

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Me as a resident and born in Southampton think she is totally in the wrong part of our country. I do not know where she can from, be I think she may not belong in Southampton Village...
Go back where you belong...
By knitter (1725), Southampton on May 26, 17 6:18 PM
The sad part is... this shouldn't be considered acceptable in any part of our country.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on May 27, 17 9:10 AM
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Mr. Wehner, after our talk this is the conversation you want to impart? Welcome to politics, Valerie! Obviously, there are powers that be in this Village that DO NOT want me in Government. Mr. Wehner you had an opportunity to have a real conversation with the public. To make a difference. To bring together. To rise above hate and to inform. Re listen to that tape, get the true meaning and impart a message to stand up for All.
Valerie Smith
Candidate for Trustee
To Serve Southampton Village ...more
By simpleglamour (18), southatmpon on May 27, 17 10:09 AM
All you want is to change the neighborhood to suit you and your friends. You are no friend to the folks that live there and have lived there for more than 50 years. In the past history of Southampton like 350 years ago you would have been run out of town on a stick. My ancestors would have you leave our favored spot on the Atlantic Ocean. You bring no good vibes to Southampton. So there!
By summertimegal (93), southampton on May 27, 17 12:57 PM
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Valerie , welcome to the politics that YOU have imposed upon yourself. You might as well put a For Sale sign on your house . Mr Wehner did his job well for the Community. Nobody wants a racist to represent and serve our Village . The audio recording of your racist phone call made my skin crawl. Nothing in that conversation sounded like someone wanting to rise above hate....you got the message across loud an clear to "stand up for all"...as you can see by ALL the posts from ALL the people who are ...more
By toes in the water (847), southampton on May 27, 17 4:36 PM
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She DOESNT want to change it for her and her friends - thats not true -she has her points - that neighborhood is WAY overcrowded and the Town Code do nothing about it, i find that VERY strange, they give everyone else in this town such a hard time for building and permits, yet they let it go that 10 cars are parked on a daily basis on her street - im sorry , but its just wrong. I don't agree with calling black people the N word at all, there are certainly other means to address them if they are ...more
By victoria (7), southampton on May 29, 17 9:37 AM
Dear Ms. Smith: I sent you an email. You will want to call me back.
By read this (1), Baltimore on May 30, 17 9:47 AM
She is the one who is OUT OF LINE!!!! Archie Bunker was at least a fictional "character" ... she's the Real Deal ... not someone who should represent the people!!!!
By Christine Zellmer (1), New York on May 26, 17 6:20 PM
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By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 26, 17 6:23 PM
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All articles about criminal charges -- regardless of who was involved in the alleged crime -- do not permit comments.

By KateMoss (1), Southampton, New York on May 27, 17 6:12 PM
What's wrong with her?? Nobody uses that word anymore. She doesn't deserve to be on any board.
By sukie (5), sag harbor on May 26, 17 6:24 PM
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"Nobody uses that word anymore."
What, you living under a rock, I hear that word used more today than I did 20 years ago and by the people it is supposed to "offend".
By Preliator Lives (406), Obamavillie on May 27, 17 6:14 AM
Is she a Democrat, if so this should be no impediment to her political aspirations. It was OK when these two did it, right?

"Former President Bill Clinton tried to get former senator Ted Kennedy to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the 2008 election by describing Barack Obama this way: "A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags."

"Joe Biden is set to launch his second run for the presidency today but it will likely be overshadowed by some candid comments ...more
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 26, 17 6:43 PM
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This language is totally unacceptable. I can not see how this individual will be an asset to the Village Board.
By metsfan2 (149), southampton on May 26, 17 6:58 PM
Nobody uses that word anymore? Have you listened to any Hip Hop music lately or seen Chris Rock do his show?
By fire11 (276), east hampton on May 26, 17 6:59 PM
Wow. Can't believe her attitude? She honestly sees no problem with her behavior.
By J Feces (13), Hampton bays on May 26, 17 7:15 PM
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I won't vote for her.
By Killerfrog (34), Southampton on May 26, 17 7:46 PM
MS Smith does not understand her ignorance and bigotry. If you really called a Black man the N Word, And they heard her then she should be grateful that the victim had the dignity to realized her stupidity. If you provoke people with hate words that demean them you deserve what comes with a hateful barrage of verbal .insults . Ms Smith is not Rubublican or Democrat she's a Foolish fake want to be politician with a bigoted mouth. Feel sorry for her family.
By 1percent (51), Quogue on May 26, 17 7:48 PM
"should be grateful that the victim had the dignity to realized her stupidity"

" If you provoke people with hate words that demean them you deserve what comes with a hateful barrage of verbal .insults ."

Are you suggesting physical violence is an acceptable response to an insult? Can you be specific? Like, a slap in the face, a cracked skull, or something even worse?
By ChrisDiPetta (37), on May 26, 17 9:01 PM
It's incredible that someone would reference a 40+ year old sitcom whose sole aim was to showcase the absurdity of the archaic, hypocritical and ignorant stance of bigotry that has and continues to permeate the weak minded...The proof is in the pudding Valerie. Racist is as a racist does. The story of the pathetic, entitled desperate Housewife, living in one of the most exclusive townships on the East end, "forced" to be a "pioneer" of basement living as she shouts at those daring to infiltrate ...more
By Big Momma Aloha (1), Center Moriches on May 26, 17 8:43 PM
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I am in no way defending this woman's use of an offensive term, but your reaction...you're inferring a tremendous amount from a slur uttered in anger. What 'racist" activity has this woman participated in? Who has she oppressed or injured?

Sub-human? You're using the terminology of genocide, over the use of an offensive word.
By ChrisDiPetta (37), on May 26, 17 8:59 PM
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While I strongly disagree with this soon-to-be ex-canidate's attitude and use of racial epithets, I can't help to point out that its so easy to judge from afar - not living in that neighborhood. Let's not pretend all is peachy keen on that street; one only needs to look at the police records to know what goes on there.
By Nukiepoo (118), Southampton on May 29, 17 8:52 AM
It's not a stretch to call someone who admittedly uses the nword a racist. Living near black people doesn't excuse that...and you can take the hood off now, the Grand Wizard has left the meeting and the coffee is cold.
By even flow (842), East Hampton on May 29, 17 9:04 AM
So is Chris Rock a racist, when he uses that word to complain about people who behave in a certain way?

The term is offensive, but to draw a line between speaking offensively and behavior like KILLING people is a stretch into the absurd only a hysteric could justify.

"Look at me! I outed a racist! I'm so virtuous!"
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 30, 17 11:04 AM
Doesn't sound to me like she came into the neighborhood color blind, sounds to me like she came in just plain blind because it was cheap and then woke up in the morning and said "Holy sh*t what are all these ni**ers doing here!?" And then proceeded to call the cops and bitch about them every day.
I bet she's having a nice peaceful sleep tonight!
To Moron's comment I think this site doesn't allow comments on crime related stories? Not sure of that though? Either way, thanks for reminding ...more
By em (50), sagaponack on May 26, 17 9:24 PM
Mr. Wehner, after our talk this is the conversation you want to impart? Welcome to politics, Valerie! Obviously, there are powers that be in this Village that DO NOT want me in Government. Mr. Wehner you had an opportunity to have a real conversation with the public. To make a difference. To bring together. To rise above hate and to inform. Re listen to that tape, get the true meaning and impart a message to stand up for All.
Valerie Smith
Candidate for Trustee
To Serve Southampton Village
By simpleglamour (18), southatmpon on May 27, 17 9:27 AM
Lady , you can repost your comment til the cows come home. The proof is in the pudding. We have heard the audio recording of your phone call. Some have heard it twice. Save your sob story.
By toes in the water (847), southampton on May 27, 17 4:53 PM
Wow. Mind boggling that this woman is even being considered for public office.
By Tracey Thatcher (1), Southampton on May 26, 17 9:36 PM
This lady is stone cold crazy.
By BillWillConn3 (177), Southampton on May 26, 17 9:55 PM
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By Jimmy MacDoogan (43), Flanders on May 26, 17 10:50 PM
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She payed in 2016 a grand total of $945.18 in property taxes to live on Windward Way. She knew exactly how the neighborhood was 7 years ago and took a gamble that it would change. Didn't happen. No one feels sorry for you Valerie. Grow up and learn how to hang with the brothers!
By neil32 (1), Southampton on May 26, 17 11:44 PM
Oops!!! Great timing to expose but she's probably in ad Trustee unless.....
By MsB (16), Southampton on May 27, 17 12:14 AM
This begs the question; why is it OK for one person to say a word and not another because of their skin color. Sounds a little racist if you ask me. Doesn't the liberal 27 East Lugenpresse support the 1st amendment and the right to free speech?
By Preliator Lives (406), Obamavillie on May 27, 17 6:21 AM
Ms. Smith is free to exercise her 1st Amendment rights, as she did on tape and in an interview. She also has the RESPONSIBILITY of accepting the consequences of her free speech...hopefully losing the election!
By ValGal03 (58), Montauk on Jun 3, 17 12:24 AM
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By oneseriousSicilian (61), medford on May 27, 17 6:33 AM
Do we live in New York or in Louisiana? I guess racism has no borders.
By davids1818 (3), new york on May 27, 17 6:51 AM
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By mtkfishman (69), montauk on May 27, 17 8:32 AM
Wow, disgusting. How shameful.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on May 27, 17 8:44 AM
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$945.18 in property taxes......why is this?
By nurse (53), sag harbor on May 27, 17 8:59 AM
She is hiring Attorney Rachel Dolezal to represent her. Rachel Dolezal is the white female NAACP President that claims to be black.
By deelove (149), Bridgehampton on May 27, 17 9:05 AM
She identifies as being black. Big difference. Do a little reading.
By Nukiepoo (118), Southampton on May 29, 17 9:00 AM
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By Nukiepoo (118), Southampton on May 29, 17 9:00 AM
She could identify herself as anything she wants, but that doesn't change the fact that she is and always will be a white female.
By even flow (842), East Hampton on May 29, 17 9:06 AM
This is a village board candidate? Wow. I wish I had a vote in the village so I could vote against this ridiculous person. Ms. Smith welcome to 2017, its not the 70s. You should know that as someone who wants to represent the people. Good luck getting elected, I would drop out now and save the money and the embarrassment.
By Corwin1879 (37), Southampton on May 27, 17 9:14 AM
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By simpleglamour (18), southatmpon on May 27, 17 9:25 AM
"There are powers that be in this Village that Do Not want me in Government". Yes, Ms Smith you are correct. These are the people who find your language offensive and your attitude racist. These are your neighbors and other members of the village community who do not like your approach and your language.
By metsfan2 (149), southampton on May 27, 17 9:43 AM
Simple solution to this matter -- just don't vote for her, and don't waste any further energy on puffing yourselves full of moral outrage.

Just a fuss!



By Frank Wheeler (1814), Northampton on May 27, 17 10:33 AM
It would be a very sad day in Southampton if this woman joins the ranks of our village leadership.
By SAHS (4), Southampton on May 27, 17 10:55 AM
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It would be a very sad day in Southampton if this woman joins the ranks of our village leadership.
By SAHS (4), Southampton on May 27, 17 10:55 AM
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By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (690), southampton on May 27, 17 11:07 AM
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Unless you have evidence of this, I would suggest she consult a lawyer about pursuing a slander case against you. That's quite an accusation.
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 27, 17 2:13 PM
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Welcome to Drumpf's 'Merica where you can brag about sexually assaulting women and get elected president. Anything goes.
By Rich Morey (358), East Hampton on May 27, 17 11:19 AM
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At least he didn't do while he was President.
By niblicksreach (11), Southampton on May 27, 17 5:00 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me how liberals mock Clinton's sexual assault victims as "trailer trash", laughed about the President of the United States having sex with a subordinate employee (something feminists used to call "rape")less than 100 feet from where his wife and teenaged daughter slept, and still proclaim the they are the sole moral authority when it comes to women's rights.
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 28, 17 2:29 AM
The right not to be raped or sexually assaulted is a human right, and applies to men as well. So best not to get into the subject of "women's rights" when your knowledge of the subject is so obviously limited.
No moral person, liberal or otherwise, condones Clinton's sexual behavior. But it is amazing to behold the blindness of the hypocrisy of trump supporters who will fall on their swords defending his repulsive behavior while simultaneously pointing out Clinton's. (And niblicksreach, ...more
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on May 28, 17 12:42 PM
Yet.. And I think the Clinton BJ was consensual.
By Rich Morey (358), East Hampton on May 28, 17 11:52 PM
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By even flow (842), East Hampton on May 27, 17 11:34 AM
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Maybe she has none... or at least any that would come to her rescue! She does not belong on any Board in Southampton Village or Town.
By summertimegal (93), southampton on May 27, 17 1:01 PM
I may be mistaken , but I don't ever recall Archie Bunker using that word .
By AndersEn (169), Southampton on May 27, 17 11:37 AM
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By EdNasc, Bethpage on May 27, 17 12:13 PM
I almost think she is a plant from the Real Estate purveyors in the area. that is how it starts, going into a rundown area and try to build it up and then move on. That person should NOT be allowed to be on the Board. Her motives are obvious and selfish. She didn't see color? What a stupid remark!
By summertimegal (93), southampton on May 27, 17 12:53 PM
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Yes, god forbid someone try to stop men from drinking in the street. I mean, how else are the children there going to learn how to perpetuate that high quality lifestyle.

How evil of her, huh?
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 27, 17 2:40 PM
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ABSOLUTELY EVIL !! Did you not her the tone in her voice besides the choice words she used and the anger and hate fueled by it ?? She didn't say they are drinking alcohol , she clarified Hennessy....most of us know her point behind that. I wonder how she would respond to my white a$$ swiggin off a bottle Hennessy out in the street....hmm
By toes in the water (847), southampton on May 27, 17 4:49 PM
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The Hill has been overtaken for over 10 years now. Drive around and see mini-MacMansions everywhere. I don't think she's a plant but a nut job. Unfortunately, we live in a country that protects free speech even what some call hate speech. There is no law or ordinance that will ever be upheld if she is arrested or prosecuted for what she said. If so, then every rapper in the country will be arrested.
By niblicksreach (11), Southampton on May 27, 17 5:03 PM
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She must be from the deep deep south... of Southampton. ...and how did she know what they were drinking?!!

Little does she know that the village police had a a very high ranking African American officer in the ranks, and he never took crap from anyone. That would have been the ideal karmic revenge if he showed up for the call!

By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on May 27, 17 3:30 PM
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By 1percent (51), Quogue on May 27, 17 4:43 PM
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By southampton15 (7), southampton on May 27, 17 8:15 PM
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By Babyboo (275), Hampton Bays on May 27, 17 6:42 PM
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No you are white, you only commit hate crimes, you can never be a victim of one due to your white privilege. Have you not been listening to the PC left?
By Preliator Lives (406), Obamavillie on May 28, 17 6:10 AM
Ok, so yes it's bad to call black people the N word. I'll say that I know what she's going through. I lived on a predominantly "black" road. I am not white but nonetheless I was not welcomed. I would get some pretty "racist" behavior ie. calling me out with slurs of my race. It was pretty much an everyday occurrence so you feel helpless. I grew up in the 80's and race believe it or not wasn't that big of an issue. It's real folks. It works both ways. If you don't want it to happen to you ...more
By lirider (270), Hampton Bays on May 27, 17 9:35 PM
Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But words will get me disability













By loading... (558), quiogue on May 28, 17 8:09 AM
i wonder if she is also the person spreading the kkk propaganda throughout town...
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (690), southampton on May 28, 17 10:11 AM
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Delusional
By Infoseeker (275), Hampton Bays on May 28, 17 10:27 AM
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By EdNasc, Bethpage on May 28, 17 10:33 AM
She's the racist Lewis & Clark
By even flow (842), East Hampton on May 28, 17 11:55 AM
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By allenfein (66), Southampton on May 28, 17 5:26 PM
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It's probably just a coincidence that Valerie Smith and KKK Fliers hit Southampton at the exact same time.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on May 28, 17 5:40 PM
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Wow!! Nice to see such candor from someone running for public office. It's rare.


Whether you like what she has to say or not, she has every right to speak this way.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on May 28, 17 5:51 PM
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And every reason to expect the consequences of her actions....as any kid in grade school understands.
By ValGal03 (58), Montauk on Jun 3, 17 12:33 AM
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By igakid (1), southampton on May 28, 17 7:46 PM
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Don't be mad at her, she is just doing what the PC culture wanted, identifying as whom ever she wants. This is just more selective faux outrage against a person just expressing themselves, you really should be ashamed of yourselves.
By Preliator Lives (406), Obamavillie on May 29, 17 6:17 AM
Uh...she's running for office. Did you forget that part? People have a right to criticize and vet any person running for, or in office.
By Nukiepoo (118), Southampton on May 29, 17 9:10 AM
If SHV Village doesn't work out for Valerie I'm sure she'd be welcomed with open arms in Quogue Village
By G (334), Southampton on May 29, 17 6:28 AM
She's a yoga teacher, which explains away some of the crazy.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on May 29, 17 7:22 AM
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Irrelevant slur against people who practice the art.
By Nukiepoo (118), Southampton on May 29, 17 9:11 AM
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to Nukiepoo:

Quotes:

"She's a yoga teacher, which explains away some of the crazy." - SlimeAlive

"Irrelevant slur against people who practice the art." - Nukiepoo
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"With fools forbear to argue--better strive to wake the dead." - Bhartrhari
By highhatsize (4038), East Quogue on May 29, 17 9:58 AM
He didn't understand what you typed nor did he understand that you were doling out unsolicited advice because you think you are smarter than he.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on May 30, 17 6:36 AM
A pioneer...lol

Let's be honest though. Look at this comment section. Valerie Smith was probably the source who tipped the press off to the taped call knowing this is the only thing that could possibly get her elected. Dude assaults a reporter and is elected to Congress. We live in Bizarro World.
By Brandon Quinn (188), Hampton Bays on May 29, 17 11:13 AM
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I know, a Secretary of State, well versed in and regularly briefed on the legal requirements regarding the handling of classified information decides to set up a private, unsecure server in her bathroom to handle national security matters, inexplicably, and then dodges prosecution when the FBI Director adds the element of intent to a statute that doesn't require that as a finding of guilt.

Meanwhile a Navy Sailor takes a snapshot inside a submarine, nothing sensitive captured, no espionage ...more
By MoronEliminator (199), Montauk on May 30, 17 5:31 PM
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He's the angriest know it all on the planet
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on May 31, 17 5:25 AM
I'd rather deal with some guys drinking beer in front of my house than leaf blowers and lawn mowers running 24/7. I'm moving to the hill.
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on May 30, 17 5:47 AM
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By even flow (842), East Hampton on May 30, 17 6:59 AM
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By LovedHerTown (131), southampton on May 31, 17 6:59 AM
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Wash her mouth out with SOAP!
By greeneyedlady (55), East Quogue on May 31, 17 9:39 AM
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My mother always taught me to like someone for who they are, not for the color of their skin and I have always lived my life this way. Ms. Smith states when she bought into the neighborhood she didn't see color.....so why is she continuously referring to her neighbors as N******? She knew the environment she was moving into therefore she should be accepting and respectful. Did she ever stop to think she had continuous problems BECAUSE of her attitude and racial slurs??? Very hurtful in todays ...more
By seymore61 (3), Cooperstown on May 31, 17 2:25 PM
Valerie smith is a registered democrat. But, you knew that
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Jun 1, 17 5:41 AM
This is the only reason she won't get elected. If Trump can get elected into office, anyone can. If she were a Republican this would be a non-issue and all the usual suspects on here would be defending her.

And you know this, maaaaaaaan.
By johnj (992), Westhampton on Jun 1, 17 9:15 AM
"If she were a Republican this would be a non-issue and all the usual suspects on here would be defending her."

Bull!!!
By Po Boy (4282), Water Mill on Jun 1, 17 10:11 AM
Please don't insult my intelligence by pretending this isn't 100% true. "People" on the right are defending the TERORIST in Oregon who killed two innocent people in the name of "free speech".

Give me a break.

By johnj (992), Westhampton on Jun 1, 17 5:03 PM
Good Lord johnj, you can't be serious.... I'm a right leaning individual, and let me test your claim of 100%... hmmm.... the dude you're referencing who killed two in Oregon is likely insane and most certainly a murderer and should go to jail for a very long time if not the remainder of his life. How's that theory going for you? There is only one thing worse than those who commit those sort of acts, and it has something to do with the hatred involved in attributing that sort of behavior to an entire ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jun 1, 17 5:39 PM
Please keep in mind that killing a murderer is a morally justified act of self defense. johnj would have no problem with you and your family, even your children, being hauled off for slaughter, given the chance.

Think that's far fetched? Hundreds of millions of victims of the leftist college students in Cambodia, and the riled peasants in Mao's China, would back me up, if they were still alive to do so.

Even 27east's 'surprise' at the civility of the exchange is a dog whistle ...more
By NateNewtown (96), east on Jun 2, 17 11:23 AM
I have yet to see any terrorist incident committed by a Muslim defended on the 27East comment lists as the act of a deranged individual. They are always referred to in the context of "an entire group" which happens to be religion in this case, and devolve into Islamophobic rants. You are to be commended if, as your post insinuates, you are not in that camp.
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 3, 17 1:58 PM
If you understood Islam........
By Sturgis (572), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 3:23 PM
Why does this surprise anyone in the age of Trump?
By Moni (12), Est Hampton on Jun 2, 17 10:59 AM
Were the Black Lives Matter inspired assassinations of police officers a welcome effect of the Age of Obama?
By NateNewtown (96), east on Jun 2, 17 11:25 AM
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So racism started with Trump.... and of course only white people are racist..right ..
By Sturgis (572), Southampton on Jun 7, 17 5:26 PM
"Why does this surprise anyone in the age of Trump? "

This has nothing to do with any political party. It's more about the very ugly side of human nature, and the entitled arrogant out of towners who think that they can come into a place inhabited by locals, and feel that they immediately belong. ...It's happened in every single community out here, and the issue is not always race related. They buy a house and think that they own the community. ...In this case however, it is far far worse. ...more
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Jun 2, 17 12:55 PM
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Besides that she is a politically incorrect politician - she is obviously a prejudiced person - and could not represent all of her constituents if elected. Throw her off the ballot as a non-entity I'd say -
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jun 6, 17 2:50 PM
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8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser