The former mayor was accused of using ‘the defensive mechanism of white supremacy’ when he questioned why people are protesting ahead of that Missouri grand jury decision on indicting Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Brown.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani caused a firestorm of controversy Sunday when he questioned why people protest the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown but not black-on-black crime.
The heated argument arose on NBC’s “Meet the Press” during a discussion of why some police forces do not reflect the communities of color they patrol — as is the case in Ferguson, Mo., where protesters and authorities anxiously await a grand jury decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Brown.
‘Why don’t you cut it down so so many white police officers don’t have to be in black areas?’ Giuliani shouted during the Sunday morning talk show. ‘The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.’
“I find it very disappointing that you’re not talking about the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks,” Giuliani added.
That didn’t sit well with Georgetown professor and commentator Michael Eric Dyson, who became so infuriated, he accused Giuliani of exhibiting “the defensive mechanism of white supremacy.”
“Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail,” he said.
The ex-mayor’s comments led to outrage on Twitter. “Last thing St. Louis needs is racist New Yorkers weighing in,” posted Sarah Kendzior.
The Giuliani-Dyson shouting match underscored the tensions in Ferguson. Meanwhile:
– President Obama did not rule out the possibility of traveling to Ferguson after the decision.
– A St. Louis official denied a report that records from the grand jury would be released to the public if Wilson isn’t indicted.