Former New York Mayor and crotchety old man Rudy Giuliani appeared on FOX News today to do what white conservatives do best these days: disparage people of color for having the audacity to publicly address the epidemic of police violence and the systematic mistreatment of minority communities in the United States.
Ainsley Earhardt of FOX & Friends quickly brought up the fact that pop superstar Beyonce Knowles’ performance at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) was decidedly political, like much of her recent work. “Her dancers were circling around her and one by one, they fell to the ground, and there were red lights underneath them. And that was supposed to symbolize cops killing black individuals,” Earhardt said.
“It’s a shame” grumbled Giuliani. “You’re asking the wrong person because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, one who died in the line of duty. I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department. And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw on stage by reducing crime and particularly homicide by 75 percent.”
It is infuriating to hear Giuliani claim to be a reformer of law enforcement in New York City when he instituted one of the nation’s most intrusive and oppressive racial profiling policies – stop and frisk – which ended up having no discernible effect on the dropping crimes rates, which universally saw huge reductions across the nation in response to “a complex mix of social and demographic changes.”
He continued to take credit for thirty-five years of socioeconomic development and solving all of New York City’s crime problems while insinuating that black Americans are ungrateful for enjoying the privilege of not having been shot dead in their youth. Shockingly, fellow white man Brian Kilmeade agreed with Giuliani.”And Beyonce is an extremely popular and powerful performer, and when she does stuff like that, that message to the next generation is pretty indelible.”
FOX hosts in particular always so worried about what kind of a message this sends to “the next generation,” the millennials who old white men have already branded as self-entitled and lazy. If they truly cared about the next generation, they’d worry about what kind of a message it sends to young African-Americans when social media is filled with unmistakable images of targeted police violence against minorities, when the victims are demonized and inevitably smeared as criminals who deserved their murder by rabid conservatives, when anyone who dares to put forth the proposition that perhaps our police officers are executing too many Americans in cold blood are treated as radical anarchists who are an existential threat to society itself.
It’s extremely frustrating to consistently see old white men disparage the efforts of black Americans to prompt a conversation about police violence against minorities. They refuse to even acknowledge that a conversation needs to happen but instead dismiss the demands of American minorities with condescension.
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