Rudy Giuliani continues to be vocal about the recent Dallas police shootings that resulted in five officers losing their lives. After blaming the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this weekend for the officers’ deaths, the former NYC mayor announced today that the Black Lives Matter movement is “anti’American” and “inherently racist.”
New York Daily News reports that Giuliani appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation, where he said that it’s up to black people to “show respect” to police officers and for black parents to teach their children that other blacks will kill them faster than police.
“If 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, is other black kids who are going to kill them. That’s the way they’re gonna die.”
He also touched on how he would handle his children if he were a black father, stating that he’d warn his son to “be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99% chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.”
“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 the 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.”
The former mayor also said that music increases the tension between blacks and the police, specifically songs where “they sing rap songs about killing police officers and they talk about killing police officers and they yell it out at their rallies.”
Yet, he wanted to ensure that his statements about Black Lives Matter wasn’t an indication that he was for police brutality against blacks. On the contrary, he said that not only does he understand that there is an underlying issue of police brutalizing “some” blacks, but that everyone’s lives matter.
“Of course black lives matter, and they matter greatly. But when you focus in on 1 percent of less than 1 percent of the murder that’s going on in America and you make it a national thing, and all of you in the media make it much bigger than the black kid that’s getting killed in Chicago every 14 hours, you create a disproportion.”
“When you say ‘black lives matter,’ that’s inherently racist. Black lives matter, white lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”
Numerous people have already expressed their concern with comparing police shooting blacks to black on black killings. For instance, in the commentary section of the Chicago Tribune, Yale law professor and Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter wrote that there’s a “sense of fragility” when it comes to white on black crimes that isn’t there with black on black crimes due to the nation’s tumultuous past with slavery and racism.
Carter also wrote that even if the police shootings are justified, the point remains that each time it happens, a reminder of the history of blacks being killed in America for decades, simply for being black, resurfaces. And to make matters worse, images and videos are now available for a nation of black people to see the gruesome details.
Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old black male who shot and killed several Dallas police officers last week, had no apparent ties to Black Lives Matter, according to Dallas police chief David Brown. He added that Johnson had likely planned the attack well in advance, months before two black men, Philando Castile, 32, and Alton Sterling 37, were killed by police.
Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to controversy. Last year, his reply to Trump’s stance on illegal immigration stirred up debate among a number of Americans.
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