Former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, reprimanded black people about the crime they commit to one another in an appearance on Meet the Press in response to a question about the recent murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.
Giuliani spewed a common deflection and white supremacist talking point that the dominant society likes to point to in response to repeated deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers throughout the nation.
“White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other,” Giuliani said.
In another recent television appearance Giuliani continued his white supremacist tirade:
“I probably saved more black lives as mayor of New York than any mayor in the history of this city, with the possible exception of Mike Bloomberg, who was there for 12 years,” Giuliani told the crew at “Fox & Friends.”
Giuliani said “thousands of blacks were being killed every year” when he came into office in 1994, and that the number dropped to “about 200” by the time he left eight years later.
So according to Giuliani’s logic, locking black people up in droves is equivalent to “saving their lives.” This is the exact justification that white slave owners used to enslave African people. Even today,many white supremacists use the rationalization that whites did Black people a favor by saving them from “savage” Africa,and civilizing them by enslaving them and giving them a religion.
Giuliani, like other suspected white supremacist politicians, is trying to capitalize on the nationwide backlash against Melanoid people. We are in Jim Crow 2.0 and racial rhetoric against black people is at its highest point since the 1960’s.
This proverbial finger wagging Giuliani is doing to the black community is duplicitous because Giuliani himself has close ties to organized crime. Giuliani’s father, Harold, served time in Sing Sing prison for armed robbery. Harold and an accomplice robbed a milkman in 1934. The charges filed stated that Harold threatened the man with a pistol. However, before trial the man claimed that the accomplice, who has never been heard from again, was holding the gun.
Harold served one year and four months. In addition, Harold worked for his brother-in-law as an enforcer for his loan-sharking, betting, and illegal number running operations. The family crime group operated in Brooklyn, New York. Harold broke legs, beat people with bats, and intimidated people who owed money.
Harold’s nephew, and Rudy’s first cousin, Lewis D’Avanzo carried out murders as part of a quarter-billion dollar car theft operation under the Luchese family crime ring. In 1977, D’Avanzo was shot to death by an FBI agent when attempting to run him over with his car.
Giuliani has never publicly addressed his father’s criminal history, but he has no problem addressing crime in the black community. He repeatedly brushed his father’s past under the rug and above all called his father an “honest man who taught me a lot.”
Not only is Giuliani’s father involved in crime, but his daughter is a shoplifter. Caroline Giuliani was spotted on surveillance video stealing make up from an upscale shop in New York in 2010. She was sentenced to one day of community service. The items she stole added up to $100.
So how is it that Giuliani feels comfortable critiquing anyone about crime? Giuliani has instituted white supremacist laws as well. In 1994, Giuliani and the NYPD adopted the “broken windows” policing strategy, which promoted aggressive enforcement of minor offenses in hopes to deter more serious crime. This program targeted blacks and low-income individuals.
Giuliani does indeed understand crime better than most considering his background, not as a prosecutor (which was his position before becoming mayor), but as a member of a lineage of criminals.
Perhaps Giuliani should stop waving that finger at the black community and point it where it really belongs—at his own family and community.
Rudy: An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani contributed to this article.