NYC’s former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani is well-known for his disdain for the crime that plagues many urban American communities.
Giuliani can often times be heard speaking out against the Black community during times of high racial tension, and nothing is different about his feelings despite the recent nationwide outrage over the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani believes the “real danger” to the black community is “that black kid who is going to shoot you,” rather than police.
Giuliani said in an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams that black people should be thankful to officers for fighting crime instead of supporting anti-brutality groups such as Black Lives Matter.
“Let’s teach everyone including the children of the black community that most of those police officers are the reason you’re alive,” he said in the aftermath of Thursday’s Dallas shooting that left five police officers dead.
“Because the real danger to you is that black kid who is going to shoot you on the street because that happens many, many more times than police officers. Lets talk about it honestly.”
Giuliani used his national air-time in the wake of the Dallas slayings to levy a string of attacks against Black Lives Matter activists for focusing on police killings such as the shootings this week in Brooklyn, Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, Minn.
“When you talk about Black Lives Matter, the black young boy who’s killed by another black young boy is just as dead as the black young boy killed by the police officer,” he told Williams, adding that protests lead to “divisiveness and anti-police rhetoric.”
The controversial former Republican presidential contender also said that police felt like they had a target on their back for over a year, and appeared to be referencing the December 2014 murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn.
“And I think the reason there’s a target on police officers’ backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter that make it seem like all police are against blacks,” he said. “They’re not.
Giuliani went on to link the suspect in the Dallas shooting, Micah Xavier Johnson, to the movement, which had been holding a peaceful protest in the Texas city before gunfire sent demonstrators fleeing.
“This man made his motives clear. He wanted to kill officers,” he told Williams. “He expressed killing white people. He expressed killing white officers. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter.”
Giuliani, who boasted about the reduction in murders in New York under his stewardship, also provided some advice for interacting with police.
“A confrontation with the police is an inherently dangerous situation, whether you’re white or black,” he warned. “If you resist, a police officer is going to immediately become concerned for their life.
“My father taught me that, when a police officer tells you something, do what he says,” he added.
Unfortunately many police officers and political figures share the same scewed viewpoints as Giuliani. This is the exact rhetoric that no longer needs to be the common belief among our police officers and local officials.
Giuliani helps reveal to many of us the importance of making our votes and vocies heard. We must vote for the local politicians who don’t look at young Black children as criminals, and instead as humans they are meant to protect and serve.