Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stood by his disputed comments on “black-on-black crime” Monday, arguing that the real danger to a black child is not a white police officer but “another black.”
The ex-mayor was on the defensive after his appearance on Sunday’s edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Giuliani had argued that recent concerns about police violence, like the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., distract from the real problem of “black-on-black crime.”
“White police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 percent of the time,” the former mayor told fellow panelist and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who is black.
Giuliani defended his both his hot take and his own record on crime as mayor Monday morning on Fox News.
“Here’s what I’m very frustrated about with Ferguson, and all these situations,” he told “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocey. “These things happen and they are exceptions.”
“The danger to a black child in America is not a white police officer. That’s going to happen less than one percent of the time,” he later added. “The danger to a black child — if it was my child — the danger is another black.”
Giuliani went on to suggest that Ferguson protestors (“these people”) should spend more time “trying to straighten out” crime in the black community.
“I used to look at our crime reduction, and the reason we reduced homicide by 65 percent is because we reduced it in the black community,” Giuliani said of his time as mayor. “Because there is virtually no homicide in the white community.”
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