Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses ‘n-word’ to make point about derogatory terms against Italians

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday used the "n-word" during a discussion about derogatory comments about Italian-Americans.

Cuomo, a Democrat, had been discussing racial slurs and stereotypes used toward Italian-Americans and African Americans during a live radio interview with WAMC, quoted the racist term which is spelled out in a New York Times article entitled "How Italians Became 'White'" that was published on Saturday.

"They used an expression, that Southern Italians were called, I believe they were saying Southern Italian Sicilians, were called quote on quote, and pardon my language, but I'm just quoting the Times, 'n***** wops,' 'n-word wops,' as a derogatory comment," he said.

"When I said that 'wop' was a derogatory comment, that's when the Times Union told me, 'No, you should look in Wikipedia. Wop really meant a dandy,'" he said chuckling. "I'm sure that's what they were saying to me back in Queens. You're a dandy when they looked at me with scorn and gave me a hand gesture and called me wop. So that's The New York Times."

CNN has reached out to Cuomo's office for comment.

The remark comes a day after he promised to work with groups to build a statue honoring Mother Cabrini, an Italian-born nun. Cuomo was criticized last year for suggesting that Jewish people can't dance during his Palm Sunday remarks at a Baptist church in Harlem, New York.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.