Giuliani To Black Parents: ‘Teach Your Children To Be Respectful To The Police’

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani argued Sunday, in addressing the two shootings in which police officers shot and killed two black men, that black families should teach their children to “be respectful to the police.”

Giuliani commented on the shootings in Dallas where five police officers were shot, and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” He said his “deep sympathy” goes out to the families of the victims in those shootings.

Then, he argued that there was “too much” violence in the black community and that there were some black men and boys who feared being confronted by the police given the recent shootings.

“If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police, the real danger to them 99 out of 100 times, 9,900 out of 1,000 times are other black kids who are going to kill them,” Giuliani said. “That’s the way they’re going to die.”

He said on the “white side,” it needs to be recognized that there is a fear of police and that a zero tolerance of bad behavior is put in place.

CBS host John Dickerson said that the two statements seemed to be a contradiction. Giuliani contested the assertion.

The former mayor went on to call the group Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and suggested that pop culture was encouraging violence.

“They sing rap songs about killing police officers and they talk about killing police officers and they yell it out at their rallies and the police officers hear it,” Giuliani said.

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