Rudy Giuliani appeared on “Meet The Press” Sunday to parrot the talking points of conservatives on the issue of black-on-black crime. Giuliani repeated the statistic that “93% of blacks are killed by other blacks” several times, attempting to deflect from the issue at hand.
Actually, Rudy, the number one killer of blacks is heart disease, with homicide not appearing in the top five, but kudos for adding to the stereotype that black people are systematically killing each other off in droves.
Giuliani never discusses the fact that 83% of whites who are murdered are murdered by other white people.
The piece Giuliani was invited to discuss was on the disproportionate number of white police officers in predominantly black neighborhoods. His only recourse, rather than address that black men are 22 times more likely to die at the hands of police, was to vilify the entire African-American community:
I find it disappointing that you’re not discussing that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.
The “exception” Giuliani is talking about is when a black person is killed by a white cop. His contention is that it’s not an issue that white cops regularly kill black people and face no consequences because, to Giuliani, blacks are killing each other anyway.
When Giuliani is reminded by another contributor that “when blacks kill blacks they go to jail,” he responds with more rhetoric. As the argument heats up, Giuliani ends with:
I put white cops on the street to keep blacks from killing each other.
Thanks for making that clear, Rudy. Maybe if more white cops shoot more blacks the black-on-black violence will go away.
No word on whether or not black cops were sent to white neighborhoods to keep whites from killing whites. It seems that included in that statistic is the staggering number of white women killed by other whites, making up 38% of the demographic — much higher than the number of black women killed by other blacks.
It seems only in high crime areas does the race of a perpetrator matter in America today.
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