Who is Paddy Duke? (Why Fired Pasquale Raucci) Biography, Wiki
Along-time radio executive by the name of Pasquale Raucci, also known as Paddy Duke, has been fired by popular New York radio station Hot 97, according to a tweet from the station.
Okay Player reported that Raucci was dismissed after accusations that he was involved in a gruesome murder more than 20 years ago. An HBO documentary titled “A Storm Over Brooklyn” documented the murder of young Black Yusef Hawkins by 30 white men and accused Raucci of being one of the 30 people involved.
Although Raucci was acquitted of the murder, he was convicted of other charges, including false imprisonment. Many on social media were outraged that he was once involved in high profile crime.
According to Hip Hop DX, 16-year-old Hawkins was with three other Black teens walking in the Bensonhurst-dominated Italian-American area of Brooklyn. Hawkins, a native of Bentonville, was heading to the area because there was a used 1982 Pontiac that was sold for $ 900. However, the gang misidentified them and believed they were going to a local girl’s home.
The “local girl”, according to All That’s Interesting, was an 18-year-old half-Puerto Rican woman named Gina Feliciano. In the article, he invited his Black and Hispanic friends to his birthday and also “refused to date one of the white men in the crowd.” The article also said that Feliciano had told the police that he had seen the mob gathering outside his house, and that one of them remembered showing him a gun and saying, “You’d better watch yourself with your black friends.”
As Hip Hop DX exits a corner shop, Hawkins and his friends report being followed by ten white men, some holding bats. The crowd of ten grew to 30 and some were saying racist insults like “Let’s get the blacks together”. Hawkin was fatally shot in the chest twice, then died in the hospital.
Hawkins’ parents Moses J. Stewart and Diane Hawkins were devastated. “It is very, very despicable for me to see my son’s life wasted by an indiscriminate fool who sees nothing but a black man with a gun,” said Stewart, according to the news from All That’s Interesting. According to the documentary “Storm Over Brooklyn”, Hawkins was recently accepted into a technical high school, had an interest in engineering and enjoyed basketball.
Okay Player reported that the case sparked national outrage when Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Islamic Nation Minister Louis Farrakhan paid attention to the case. According to a 1989 Washington Post article, people walking the streets faced racist residents in Bensonhurst. The article stated, “In one of the ugliest scenes of recent years in New York, hundreds of white residents mocked the walkers, shouted” N ***** s go home “and waved watermelons.
Almost a dozen members of the gang, including Raucci, were arrested and charged with participating in the murder; According to the New York Times, only eight out of 30 young men were actually charged with crime.
According to a 1991 Buffalo News story, Raucci was acquitted of murder and manslaughter and found guilty of three illegal sentences, four menacing crimes, and one criminal possession of a gun.
Only one person, Joseph Fama, was convicted of murder in relation to the incident.
Hot 97 fired Paddy Duke. Turned out he was one of the kids acquitted.
— Dateline Des (@delovelydes) August 23, 2020
He worked there as the station’s commercial production director for a total of 17 years and eight months from 2003 to this month, according to the LinkedIn page of a “Paddy Duke” who worked on Hot 97. In the statement his role there was “to save, organize and () produce commercial content”.
After watching HBO’s Storm over Brooklyn, HOT97 was shocked and took swift action. Paddy Duke is no longer employed by HOT97. The march for social justice continues. (Getty Images: Spencer Platt / Staff) pic.twitter.com/pDyyebjalJ
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) August 23, 2020
Prior to that, “Duke” worked for Emmis Communications, which owned Hot 97 from December 1994 to January 2003; She has been listed as the producer of the Angie Martinez show for nine years and a stuffed person for DJs on vacation. He is also listed as a graduate of New Utrecht High School and Brauch College.
Many on Twitter were outraged that Raucci was accused of involvement in a hate crime, and then began a career at a radio station that included Hip Hop, a musical genre that was originally linked to Black culture.
Expressing anger, someone tweeted, “You don’t get upset to be around.”
BEING AROUND DOESNT MAKE YOU DOWN. #paddyduke So many people are around black culture, make money off black culture but secretly hate the people of the culture. This story is so crazy!
— Marcus Troy (@marcustroy) August 23, 2020
Another person tweeted, “Y’all literally had one of the guys that killed Yusef Hawkins profiteering off hiphop music @ hot97 all these years? 🤯 wow #paddyduke shame! Thank you @Dallas_Penn for bringing this to light for some of us.”
This is what a slap in the face feels like! All these years of listening to #AngieMartinez on #Hot97 and hearing her talk to and mention #PaddyDuke aka #PasqualeRaucci, only to find out he killed #YusefHawkins! He was/is knee deep in our #culture #HipHop! This shit is disgusting pic.twitter.com/BjvPUXO3I1
— I Am Not a Comedian. (@IamMReverything) August 21, 2020
After the fire was announced, Twitter exploded with people outraged by the revelations and questioning whether the station knew about their involvement, given that their charges were public.
One person tweeted, “That’s why #PaddyDuke has been collecting checks on @ HOT97 for 25 years, and you all magically realized that # YusefHawkins had a hand in death …”
Others were particularly skeptical that it was the documentary that brought accusations of Raucci’s involvement to the radio station’s attention.
Another person tweeted, “It’s no secret that #PaddyDuke s ***. Mogs are known to be working with the guy on # Hot97. # A fucking documentary comes out on Netflix and I swear to Sherlock Holmes. Such things happen in hip-hop. The #JMJ killers took photos in the #FOH mural. ”
Moreover, people said that Raucci’s dismissal took place on the 31st anniversary of the murder of Hawkins.