On an episode of NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani made some egregiously misplaced statements regarding the disproportionately heavy population of white police officers in black communities. Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, Giuliani went on to lament black-on-black violence. Ah, false equivalencies!
Giuliani begins by saying that NYC mayors have gone out of their way to make sure the city police force is proportionate and that he thinks that they have done a pretty good—but not perfect—job in doing that. Then he drops this:
"The fact is that I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We are talking about the significant exemption here."
On the show with Giuliani was Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who gets into it with Giuliani by saying: "Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail."
Dyson goes on to say that white police officers shooting black Americans "has exacerbated tensions that are deeply embedded in American culture." But this only instigates Giuliani to remark that, "White police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other."
The full video clip is available to watch here, if you can stand it: