Target: Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
Goal: Demand former NYC mayor retract racist comments and formally apologize for their insensitivity
In a recent interview, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani went on a racist rant that compared black-on-black violence to the horrific shootings of unarmed black teens by police officers. Also, when talking about how to make police forces more representative of the populations they serve, Giuliani said, “White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.” Giuliani’s racist, insensitive, and incorrect statements must be retracted immediately and be followed by a full apology to those he offended.
Equating the violence one group of people perpetrates against another to the violence police use when serving a community is, as one of the other guests pointed out, just plain incorrect. When regular people commit violent acts, they are imprisoned. When police officers shoot unarmed teenagers, they get to retire early. The other guest, a professor at Georgetown, also pointed out that people who commit crimes are not sworn to protect and serve like police officers. Giuliani was clearly attempting to cloud the issue with irrelevant statistics in an attempt to defend white privilege.
The statement in which Giuliani blames the deaths of these teenagers on the communities they reside in is even more upsetting, however. He is clearly attempting to defend the use of violence against black populations by claiming it is necessary due to violence within the black community. He goes on to state that most of the violence in “his city” is committed in “black areas.”
These remarks are wholly unacceptable and illustrate just how far the United States is from true racial equality. Please sign below to demand a full retraction and apology from former mayor Giuliani and to show him that his views are not only wrong, they are also extremely offensive.
Dear Mr. Giuliani,
I was truly shocked to see a recent interview in which you delivered racist remarks, drew false parallels, and attempted to cloud the issue of race-based violence perpetrated by the police. Your remarks and general attitude toward police brutality paint a clear picture of racism in the 21st century and I am writing to demand a full retraction and formal apology from you.
When a civilian commits a violent act against another, they are sent to jail, but when a police officer commits a violent act against a regular person, they are given early retirement and a pension. You can clearly see that these are not the same issue and that your attempts to compare them only serve to complicate the issue at hand: police brutality against specific populations.
Your remarks were hurtful, racist, and worst of all, inaccurate. For these reasons, I demand that you take back your statements and issue a full and formal apology to those you offended. There is no way to justify the use of unnecessary violence, Mr. Giuliani, and I suggest that the next time you are interviewed about matters concerning race, you attempt to check your white privilege.
[Your Name Here]
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