Race relations in the United States have come under national debate, once again, in the wake of the killings of five police officers in Dallas, which followed the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
While there’s a lot being said about law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement, Rudy Giuliani just showed the exact way not to talk about race and racism in the country.
Sharing his two cents on the recent officer-involved killings in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the former New York City mayor advised black Americans to worry less about police brutality and more about their kids who’ll probably kill other black kids.
Giuliani slammed Black Lives Matter, calling the slogan “inherently racist” and “anti-American.”
“There’s too much violence in the black community,” he said. “[I]f you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police. The real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times, 9,900 out of 1,000 times (sic), are other black kids who are gonna kill them. That’s the way they’re gonna die.”
As if this wasn’t absurd enough, Giuliani continued giving his unsolicited parenting advice to the black community.
“If I were a black father and I was concerned about the safety of my child — really concerned about it and not in a politically activist sense — I would say be very respectful to police, most of them are good, some can be very bad and just be very careful. I’d also say be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood, don’t get involved with them, because son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.”
Of course, he said all this while conveniently neglecting statistics that African Americans are more likely to be targeted by police than white people. As per figures provided by the Washington Post, 40 percent of the unarmed men fatally shot by police last year were black.
But such factually incoherent and biased comments coming from Giuliani are not a surprise. Last week on MSNBC Live he said, “There’s a target on police officers’ backs ... because of groups like Black Lives Matter.”
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