Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said people advocating to end police brutality are racist.
Giuliani, who failed to gain traction during his 2012 bid for the Republican nomination, said that those who wish to end police brutality, including those affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, shouldn't worry about unlawful police killings and instead focus on the black community.
“There’s too much violence in the black community,” he told CBS, according to Time. “A black will die 1 percent or less at the hands of the police and 99% [at] the hands of a civilian, most often another black.”
Giuliani added: “So if you want to protect black lives, then you’ve got to protect black lives, not just against police, which happens rarely … and which happens every 14 hours in Chicago.”
Giuliani went on to say that the “real danger” to people” is “other black kids who are going to kill them.”
“That’s the way they’re going to die,” Giuliani said.
“When you say black lives matter, that’s inherently racist,” he later added. “Black lives matter. White lives matter. Asian lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”
After making those comments, Giuliani faced a great deal of criticism, including harsh words from prominent protester Deray McKesson.
“It is better for the American people and certainly the people of New York City that Giuliani is no longer a public official. His statements remind us that he is both the disgrace of the country and an embarrassment,” McKesson said, according to Mediaite.
But the former Big Apple mayor went back on television to double-down on his words.
“Don’t tell me I don’t care about black lives,” he told Fox News, according to The Hill. "I had an uncle who died in the line of duty. I had uncles who went out every night and tried to protect black people and white people and all people."
Giuliani continued: “A lot of the protection of this city of New York is for black people because 70 percent of the murders in New York City are black. So it has to be that way. I believe I saved a lot more black lives than Black Lives Matter.”