Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani has made scathing remarks against the Black Lives Matter movement on an interviews with Fox News last Monday, referring to it as "racist" and "Anti-American".
In full he said, "It's inherently racist because, number one, it divides us. ...All lives matter: White lives, black lives, all lives, Number two: Black Lives Matter never protests when every 14 hours somebody is killed in Chicago, probably 70-80% of the time (by) a black person. Where are they then? Where are they when a young black child is killed?"
On Sunday he told CBS that he thinks that the activist movement heightens racial tensions and therefore puts a target on the backs of police officers.
"I would like people to know that the New York City Police Department is a non-majority white police department," he said citing the record of the Police department under him when he was Mayor, but he also said he understood the side of the Black community. "I understand the other side of it. I don't mean not to talk about the other side of it ...The American people get a wrong impression and Black Lives Matter, therefore, puts a target on the backs of (police officers)," Giuliani explained.
Alicia Garza, the co-founder of the Black Lives movement has hit back at the former Mayor's claims. "What those comments show me is that the former mayor doesn't understand racism," she said.
Texas Congresswoman Shiela Jackson has dismissed the idea that Black people are to be blamed for the tension with police officers. "I'm a mother of an African-American son and I teach my son at all times to respect authority," she told MSNBC. "Mayor Giuliani, I want you to understand the predicament that African-American families are in where there is the very thought that sending their sons out into the world... that they won't get the same treatment under law," she said.
Vice President Joe Biden also rebuffed Giuliani's statement. "That's not the black community -- that group, that element of Black Lives Matter, doesn't speak for all of Black Lives Matter and does not speak for most folks in the black community, both middle class and poor, who know they are more likely to be pulled over than the Caucasian guy. They know that in many cases they are the focus of the police as opposed to other communities, and so it is just a very broad statement," he explained, referring to a select group of extremists within the movement.
He also said that the White House should look into properly training cops especially on de-escalating conflict.