In an eyebrow-raising exchange on Meet the Press this Sunday, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some questionable comments about race and crime with Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson during a discussion about the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.
“I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here,” Giuliani said while debating if police forces accurately reflect the racial demographics of the communities they serve.
Dyson outright dismissed Giuliani’s comments as “false equivalency.”
“First of all, no black people who commit crimes against other black people go to jail. Number two, they are not sworn by the police department as a agent of the state to uphold the law,” Dyson said. “So in both cases, that’s a false equivalency that the mayor has drawn, which is exacerbated tensions that are deeply embedded in American culture.”
Making matters worse, Giuliani claimed that police officers are only present in certain communities because black people are the ones who are committing crimes.
“It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” he said. “White police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 percent of the time.”
“This is a defense mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind,” Dyson shot back.
Watch the exchange in the video below: