I guess I'm kind of old school, where I accept the most obvious meaning of a statement in the context it is written and assume that people say what they mean and mean what they say.
Like my example of a duck hunter. If he says "those mallards better be careful today!", can you make a reasonable claim that he's not targeting mallards?
He might shoot other ducks too but it's obvious that he's particularly after mallards.
This is one of the biggest problems in our world today. "It depends what the definition of "is", is." Anything can mean anything. Even when there are no other reasonable conclusions.
And I say again, if they had substituted "African Americans" for "New Yorkers", would anyone believe they weren't intending to target African Americans? The outrage would be immediate, intense... and justified, because without getting into illogical, tortured interpretations, the meaning is indisputable.