The more Rudy Giuliani talks about Black people, the more it feels like the Black community needs an order of protection to keep his opinion from coming within a mile of any Black community in America. Such is the hate-filled, misguided, misdirected, ahistorical perspective that he is all-too-willing to offer up with a toothy grin to any available news hole that needs filling.
In his latest blast of racist anti-wisdom, Giuliani went on two well-known conservative outlets yesterday and swung at every Black target he could think of with his circular logic that always finds a way to blame any bit of white wrongdoing on President Obama and Black people in general.
Watching him in action is like watching a windup toy do the same thing over and over again, even if it keeps slamming its head against the wall.
In an appearance on AM790 radio with host John Gambling, Giuliani said he had returned from overseas and he appeared to be surprised that the United States is constantly criticized for being a “racist state.” But this isn’t the fault of a racist political infrastructure, racist criminal justice system and racist law enforcement apparatus that has been systematically attempting to break the will of Black people for hundreds of years.
No, it’s President Obama’s fault.
“It is the obligation of the President to explain . . . that our police are the best in the world,” said Giuliani.
The former New York City mayor, who regularly caused explosions in New York’s Black community with his breathtaking lack of racial sensitivity and apparent disdain for Black people and Black leaders, said that President Obama needed to be more like Bill Cosby.
“I hate to mention it because of what happened afterwards, but (he should be saying) the kinds of stuff Bill Cosby used to say,” Giuliani said, adding that Obama is also not addressing the “enormous amount of crime” that’s being committed by African-Americans.
This is a topic that the mayor loves to talk about, Black people committing crime. In Giuliani’s view, we would all be better off if the president borrowed from Cosby’s pre-sex-abuse-allegations handbook and went after the Black community for not focusing on education and not being good parents. And if the president won’t do it, the mayor is all too eager to fill the breach.
Giuliani has been doing this for more than 20 years—seizing on a problem and finding a way to blame it on people of color. That was his standard response when he was mayor and one of his officers gunned someone down: Blame the victim.
Since he makes his money as a paid consultant, perhaps there might be a billionaire out there with enough money to pay him to keep his unhelpful, un-edifying, garbage-filled mouth shut.
On Fox News yesterday, Giuliani was able to embrace another round of blaming-the-victim when he talked about Ferguson. Giuliani said that former Officer Darren Wilson should be commended for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
Yes, in the midst of a tense national referendum on the behavior of America’s police, this is what the mayor, the man who once thought he might be president, calls leadership.
Giuliani said Wilson acted dutifully and was vindicated by the report’s findings that there was not enough evidence to conclude that Brown had his hands up before he was shot.
“What happened in Ferguson is that a man committed a robbery, attempted to assault a police officer, and the police officer—to save his life—shot him,” Giuliani told Fox News. “The police officer did his duty. The officer should be commended for what he did.”
Not once has the mayor ever shown that he is even capable of demonstrating empathy when we’re talking about Black victims. It might as well be Tagalog—he will never comprehend it.
The Justice Department was quite clear in its conclusion that the Ferguson Police Department was rife with racism, but that’s not enough to convince Giuliani. (Because you know who the Justice Department works for: Obama. And you know who runs the Justice Department: Black man number two.)
“It’s an allegation. There’s no proof yet,” Giuliani said about the report.
Indeed, if you told Giuliani about a Black kid getting beaten by an officer’s baton, Giuliani would respond by saying if the kid’s head wasn’t so big, the officer’s baton would keep missing.