Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on national TV today to make some rather unfortunate remarks about race, crime and black violence, and the remarks are drawing backlash on social media.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press today, Giuliani made his controversial remarks while debating Georgetown professor Michael Eric Tyson. The men were discussing several issues related to race and violence in advance of the decision of the grand jury deliberating indictment against white police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed black teenager Mike Brown in August.
As the topic of discussion turned toward the disproportionate number of white police officers in largely black cities, such as Ferguson, Missouri and Compton, California, Giuliani took a moment to praise the fact that New York’s police department is racially proportionate. Then he took his opponent to task for failing to discuss something that had little to do with the topic at hand, according to The Washington Post.
“The fact is that I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks… I would like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this.”
A short time later, Giuliani made a statement that Gawker writer Dana Evans calls “egregiously misplaced.”
“White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”
You can watch video of the exchange below.
Giuliani’s remarks on race ignited a backlash on social media, with Twitter users expressing criticism using the hashtag #Giuliani.
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This is not the first time Rudolph Giuliani has made ill-chosen remarks. In November 2012, Giuliani famously said that the Obama administration’s response to Superstorm Sandy was worse than the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, according to this Inquisitr report.
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