So let’s put Giuliani into some historical context.
In 1992, during the New York City mayoral race between Giuliani and former mayor David Dinkins, more than 10,000 police officers, overwhelmingly white, rallied at City Hall in one of the ugliest, racist and repugnant demonstrations I have ever witnessed.
Cops, many drinking beer and packing guns, carried signs that read: “Dump the Washroom Attendant” and some with the N-word scrawled on cardboard. I heard cops using the N-word while reporting the story and, at one point, a City Hall security officer suggested that I step inside City Hall for my own protection.
These were police officers, men who took an oath to serve and protect. Enter Giuliani. During the raucous rally, Giuliani stoked the crowd with fiery rhetoric, never denouncing the cops for their racist behavior.
Here’s how The New York Times reported the story in 1992:
“A handful of people, then hundreds, then thousands, broke through police barricades and surged onto City Hall’s steps. From there, the protest degenerated into a beer-swilling, traffic-snarling, epithet-hurling melee that stretched from the Brooklyn Bridge to Murray Street, where several politicians helped stoke the emotional fires. The protest would have been noteworthy even if it had been any rally gone a bit too wild. But the protesters were the police.”
“Rudolph W. Giuliani, a likely candidate for Mayor in 1993, was present throughout the demonstration and led the crowd in a rousing condemnation of Mayor Dinkins’s treatment of police issues.”
Giuliani hasn’t changed over the years. In 1992, he embraced racial behavior to criticize David Dinkins, New York’s first Black mayor, and 23 years later, Giuliani is using race to blast Obama, America’s first Black president. His contempt for Black men in high-profile political roles is quite apparent.
The good news is that Giuliani will never be the Republican nominee for president and he will never occupy the White House. Since his national platform is shrinking, Giuliani’s racial rhetoric is nothing more than white noise. And I’m tired of listening to it.
What do you think?
White Noise: Rudy Giuliani Blames Obama For…Everything was originally published on blackamericaweb.com