When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on Meet the Press last week, he claimed “blacks” were killed by other “blacks,” leaving out the word “people” and evoking a statistic that had nothing to do cops killing young, unarmed black men.
Giuliani’s comments were nothing more than a racist dog whistle, loud enough for everybody to hear, as he eyes a 2016 Presidential run.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., of the Miami Harold, posted a scathing rebuke of Mayor Giuliani’s.
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Pitts: OK, fine. Let’s talk about ‘black on black’ crime.
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald
OK, fine. Let’s talk about “black on black” crime.
That, after all, is where the conversation seems to inevitably turn whenever one seeks to engage a conservative on the American habit of shooting unarmed African-American boys and men. So it was exasperating, but nowhere near surprising, to see former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani go there last week on “Meet the Press.”
Asked by host Chuck Todd, during a discussion of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., about the fact that African-American communities like that one are often served by snow-white police departments, he offered some perfunctory words about the effort to produce more representative cop shops. But then Giuliani took a sharp turn off topic and into the brambles. “I find it very disappointing,” he told Todd, “that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent 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.”
There followed a sharp exchange with another panelist, author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, which produced this parting shot from the mayor: “The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”
Somehow, he managed not to call Dyson “you people.” In nearly every other respect, Giuliani’s words reeked of a paternalistic white supremacy unworthy of a former mayor of America’s largest city — or even a sewer worker in its remotest Podunk. But again, this has become the go-to “reasoning” for those on the right — Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh — when asked to give a d-n about the killings of unarmed black boys and men.
That formulation is false for multiple reasons.