Angela McKnight, the African American Founder and CEO of AngelaCARES, Inc. – who is running on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line for Assembly in District 31 – used a racial slur when addressing the crowd at a Morticians That Care rally in Jersey City over the summer.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The June 25 rally, where Hudson County View was the only media outlet present, was for community leaders and residents to speak out regarding violence affecting black communities nationwide.
McKnight, who spoke for 10 minutes and 48 seconds during her portion of the program, spoke about a myriad of topics including her nephew getting shot to death in Newark eight years ago, leaving a paid position to focus on AngelaCares and the killing of Trayvon Martin, to name a few.
â€œItâ€™s been four years, I do not got paid not one dime. I done used my 401k. I done used my direct ING. I done used everything. I have nothingâ€¦ But you know what? My mortgage is paid every month,” she said when addressing the works she’s done with AngelaCares, her 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
â€œMoney do not deter me from what I doâ€¦ I do what I do because I care.â€
At the tail end of her speech, at the 9:21 minute mark of the unedited video, McKnight used a strong word when quoting a potential Jersey City business owner who explained why he or she (the person was not identified) would not open a store on Martin Luther King Drive.
“I just spoke to someone and they said ‘you know what? I’m not gonna try to put a store on MLK [drive] … because, people, the n******, are gonna be in front of the door,” she said at the rally, which took place as a Jersey City Council meeting was going on.
“But, we have to put those stores to tell those black men ‘we not afraid!'”
McKnight was well received by the crowd throughout the rally, which had about 30 to 40 people in attendance.
After a month of turmoil from the HCDO, McKnight exclusively told Hudson County View on March 23 that she would be running for Assembly on the party line.
She is running alongside Bayonne attorney Nicholas Chiaravalloti in a crowded race where Bruce Alston, Dejon Morris, Washington Flores, Ray Regalado and Joe Conte are running off the line.
McKnight did not return a phone call or voicemail from Hudson County View seeking comment on the situation.