Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a television interview Sunday, criticized the “Black Lives Matter” slogan as “inherently racist,” saying a disproportionate amount of attention has been paid to police-involved deaths of African-Americans.
The Republican told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that black-on-black violence is much more predominant.
“Of course, black lives matter, and they matter greatly,” Giuliani said. “But when you focus in on 1 percent of less than one percent of the murder that’s going on in America and . . . make it much bigger than the black kid that’s getting killed in Chicago every 14 hours, you create a disproportion.”
The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in the wake of police-involved shootings and other violence that killed black men and women. A spate of shootings last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas left two black civilians and five police officers dead.
The former mayor, who is listed as a Republican delegate attending next week’s national convention to nominate Donald Trump, said black parents should teach their children to respect police and warn them against bad influences.
“If I were a black father and I was concerned about the safety of my child — really concerned about it and not in a politically activist sense — I would say be very respectful to the police,” Giuliani said. “ . . . I’d also say be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood, don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.”
Representives with the Black Lives Matter movement were not available for comment Sunday. Justice League NYC, a group that has organized past protests against police brutality, tweeted Sunday night that Giuliani “has reached an all-time low.”
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that while Giuliani’s criticisms of Black Lives Matter are “appropriate” because the movement paints police negatively, the top cop acknowledged there are bad players within the police force.
“There is no denying within the police profession — 800,000 of us — that we have racists, we have brutal people, we have criminals, cops who shouldn’t be here,” Bratton said. “But they do not represent the vast majority of American police.”