New York City inaugurated its first new mayor in 12 years on New Year’s Day, where Rev. Fred Lucus, Jr., chaplain of the New York City Sanitation Department, prayed for the future of “the plantation called New York City.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a platform to end income inequality in New York City, something Lucas referred to as the impending “reconstruction” of the city.
“Sound forth the trumpets of heaven proclaiming a new Emancipation Proclamation in New York City,” Lucas began. “Empower these, your servants, here assembled –Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocated James, Comptroller Stringer – to help set captives free from all the vestiges of bondage.”
“For your divine leadership, emancipate every New Yorker from the shackles of fear, futility, and frustration. Form poverty, homelessness, helplessness,” he continued. “Help us to be mastered by only the masters of love and compassion … Let integrity never stand on the auction block or be sold to the highest bidder.”
“Free us from the shackles of partisan politics, political correctness, and personal egos and agendas,” he added.
“Oh God, Oh God, Oh God, Oh God, Oh God,” he implored. “End the civil wars and usher in a new Reconstruction Era that builds upon the many successes and achievements of yesterday while proclaim the beginning of a new beginning. Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness.”
De Blasio thanked Lucas by name during his inauguration speech.