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It’s time for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his racist comments to be permanently banned from major news networks.
On multiple networks this weekend, Giuliani called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and “anti-American” – and even made the outrageous claim that black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other.1 He even went so far as to blame police violence on Black parents for failing to teach their children to “respect” the police. On Monday, he went on FOX to double down on the anti-Black comments he made.2
Media outlets have been hosting former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss race, police brutality, and the Dallas shooting. But Giuliani, who stoked "racial divisions" during his time in office, has used these outlets to push false and misleading crime statistics that reinforce racial stereotypes - mostly that Black people are violent.3
The stakes are way too high to tolerate Giuliani’s dangerous message any longer. This country has a racially discriminatory policing epidemic, and we need media contributors who can speak to that injustice, not peddle racist narratives and criminalize Black lives.
Allowing Giuliani to continue to push misleading crime statistics and make openly racist comments that reinforce racial stereotypes is dangerous. For millions of viewers, Giuliani’s comments reinforce the false belief that Black folks are inherently violent and prone to criminality. A belief that - whether conscious or unconscious – results in police officers being all too quick to shoot Black folks like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.4
Giuliani’s reinforcement of these biases goes beyond how we’re treated by police. It causes doctors to treat us less effectively, results in us being paid less for the same work as a white person, and gets our toddlers suspended from schools at alarming rates. Reinforcing the stereotypes that harm us each and every day is something news networks should want to have nothing to do with.
Until Justice is Real,
--Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, Bernard and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
1. “Rudy Giuliani says black children have a ‘99% chance’ of killing each other, calls Black Lives Matter ‘inherently racist’,” NY Daily News, 07-11-2016
2. “Giuliani Continues Sharp Criticism of Black Lives Matter,” ABC News, 07-11-2016
3. “Why Hosting Rudy Giuliani To Talk About Race Is A Bad Idea,” Media Matters, 12-05-2014
4. “A neuroscientist explains the unconscious racial biases behind deadly police shootings’,” RawStory, 07-11-2016

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