Ex-Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani is back at it again. Last Sunday, he went full-on racist with a few eye-brow raising remarks on Meet the Press. This Sunday, he went even further and embraced his inner racist, weighing in on the tensions between Black community members and police officers while on “Fox News Sunday.”
While Giuliani said that some police officers discriminate against Black citizens, he said that the fault for that discrimination lies with the Black citizens, not the police officers.
Victim-blaming is a hobby on the political right, isn’t it?
There is more interaction and more unfair interaction among police officers, white and black, in the black community than in the white community. And I think some of that responsibility is on the police department and on police departments to train their officers better and to make their police departments much more diversified. But I think just as much, if not more, responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community.
To sum up Giuliani’s position, while police discriminate against Blacks, both Blacks and the police are to blame for it. Sound fair? He’s on Fox; he’s trying to be edgy by making it sound like the police might be marginally responsible.
To back up his racist claims, he cited crime statistics that were similar to the ones he cited a week ago:
It’s because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. And when I assigned police officers with Commissioner Bratton and Commissioner Safir, we did it based on statistics. We didn’t do it based on race. If there were a lot of murders in a community, we put a lot of police officers there.
Giuliani’s statistics are missing context. The Bureau of Justice statistics that he cites do support the claim that 94% of Blacks are killed in intraracial crime. What’s missing is that 84% of Whites are also killed in intraracial crime. I’m curious why we’re not talking about this epidemic of White-on-White violence. Clearly, it’s testament to how far White society has fallen, and how White fathers have failed at home.
Giuliani also added that he supported the grand jury’s (rare) decision not to allow the Brown case to go court, stating that “I don’t see how this case normally would have been brought to a grand jury,” and “This is the kind of case, had it not had the racial overtones and the national publicity, where a prosecutor would have come to the conclusion that there’s not enough evidence to present to the grand jury.”
Since when did it become the job of the grand jury to try the case? The sole purpose of the grand jury is to determine whether or not the case needs to go trial, and the mere fact that there were conflicting chronologies, conflicting claims about video footage, and multiple stories about the same event make it obvious this should’ve gone to trial. All a grand jury indictment would’ve said is that “we as society will pretend to give a damn that our police are killing black teenagers.” As it stands, we can’t even manifest that.
You can listen to Giuliani go full-racist once again below: