Giuliani calls Black Lives Matter Racist
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has offered some controversial commentary on one of the Sunday shows where he targeted the #BlackLivesMatters movement. Giuliani says the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is “inherently racist” and “anti-American.” And you know what? He makes a good point.
Maybe Giuliani is fanning the flames here at a time when tensions are high. But his basic point is correct. Black Lives Matter is an entirely race-based organization. By their very name, the exclude any police violence against any other race. That’s pretty much a textbook definition of racist.
Adding context to the story is his comments came in the aftermath of the shooting of Dallas police officers last week, in which gunman Micah Johnson targeted officers patrolling a non-violent Black Lives Matter march against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement.
Texan congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who introduced the Law Enforcement and Integrity Act in 2015, dismissed claims that black families were to blame for the community’s strained relationship with law enforcement.
“I’m a mother of an African-American son and I teach my son at all times to respect authority,” Rep. Jackson Lee told MSNBC. “Mayor Giuliani, I want you to understand the predicament that African-American families are in where there is the very thought that sending their sons out into the world… that they won’t get the same treatment under law.”
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