Rudy Giuliani would very much like the black community to stop teaching their kids to be afraid of the police because everyone knows the REAL problem black people face is the dreaded “black on black crime.” In an interview on Face the Nation, Giuliani trotted out one of the right’s favorite, and most racist, talking point about black people:
You’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police,” he continued. “The real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times are other black kids who are going to kill them, that’s the way they’re going to die.
Giuliani, of course, neglects to mention that the “epidemic” of black on black murder (about 90% of blacks murder are killed by other blacks, not 99% as he suggests) is curiously similar to the rate of white on white murder (about 84%). It’s one of the realities of life that we live in a fairly segregated society and that we tend to kill people who we live with. Race is rarely a motivating factor. Unless you’re the police. Then race ios THE motivating factor when it comes to shooting people.
Or does Giuliani think it’s some kid of bizarre coincidence that black men as a percentage of the population are killed far more often than any other group?
According to research done by The Guardian, black males between the ages of 15 and 34 were nine times more at risk of being killed by cops than any other demographic group, accounting for 15 percent of all police officer related deaths in 2015 despite representing a mere 2 percent of the U.S. population.
And that’s not even counting the constant harassment of clearly racist policies like “Stop and Frisk,” the fact that blacks are almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for drugs despite white people using at the same levels and the amazing fact that blacks are charged and convicted more often and also sentenced more harshly for the same exact crimes than white people.
But, you know, black kids shouldn’t be afraid of the police that are clearly itching to arrest, beat or kill them. They should be just as afraid of other black people as white people are.
Here’s the ridiculously insulting video:
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