Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on Meet The Press this weekend to discuss race relations and how they pertain to the way police interact with their communities.
During a discussion of how the racial makeup of police officers currently does not reflect the communities they patrol, Giuliani decided to turn the debate to black-on-black crime.
“The fact is I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks,” Giuliani told the group. “I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this. And the solutions to that…”
Frequent MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson took issue with this comment, saying that Giuliani’s statement was nothing more than a distraction.
The former New York City mayor refused to back down, though.
“It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” he told Dyson
Giuliani then doubled down.
“What about the poor black child that is killed by another black child? Why aren’t you protesting that?”
That’s when things escalated.
“Why don’t you clamp down so that so many white police officers don’t have to be in black areas?” Giuliani questioned.
“How about your attitude reinforces the problematic perspective that prevails in the culture, sir?” Dyson replied.
“How about you reduce crime?” the former mayor asked.
“When I become mayor I’ll do that,” Dyson replied.
“The white officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other,” Giuliani told Dyson.
Check out the pair’s full exchange below.
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