When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press"
that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks, he was right, says Dominic Carter, a respected African-American reporter and political commentator.
Carter waded into the heated discussion that aired between Giuliani and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson on "Meet the Press" by telling the Huffington Post
, "You may not like what Giuliani said or how he said it, but he was correct."
Giuliani, discussing the Ferguson, Missouri, case on "Meet the Press," commented, "I find it very disappointing that you're not talking about the fact that 93 percent of blacks [killed] in America are killed by other blacks," setting off an explosion from Dyson.
Dyson accused Giuliani of having "the defensive mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind, Sir," the Washington Post
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"While initially Giuliani's comment may sound insensitive and eerily similar to blaming the victim, to a large degree, the man known as 'America's mayor' was correct," Carter told the Huffington Post.
"Let me be clear: it is right to protest how the Michael Brown case has unfolded. But when are communities of color going to admit there is an alarming problem with black-on-black crime? Why does it appear that there is no real outrage about black-on-black crime?"
In the heated "Meet the Press" conversation, Giuliani told Dyson, "White police officers wouldn't be there [in black communities] if you weren't killing each other."
Carter added, "Giuliani is correct about the problem of black-on-black crime. I have to admit that my major eye-opening experience regarding this serious problem came only just recently. I sat down to do a TV interview with former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who was defending the NYPD's controversial crime-fighting tactic of 'stop and frisk.'
"That's when Kelly told me that over 90 percent of murder victims in New York City are African-American, and the person who pulled the trigger is almost always African-American."
In a follow-up interview on Fox News, Giuliani said, "When I came into office, thousands of blacks were being killed every year. By the time I left office, it was down to about 200. I would like to see if Dr. Dyson has ever saved as many lives in his community as I saved, and I did it by having to use police officers in black areas, where there was an astounding amount of crime."
In response to Dyson's statement on "Meet the Press" that "black people who kill black people go to jail; white people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail," Giuliani said on Fox News that when white people kill black people, "They go to jail in approximately the same percentage as blacks go to jail. The conviction rate is almost exactly the same. The difference is, it is a very rare exception when a white kills a black."
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