Mike Bloomberg, in a resurfaced interview from 2011, declared that there is "this enormous cohort of black and Latino males" who do not know how to behave in the workplace.
Bloomberg, who was then still mayor of New York City, made his comments while pushing a $127 million three-year plan to help minorities in the workplace. His remarks came during an interview with PBS.
"There's this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, let's say, age 16 to 25, that don't have jobs, don't have any prospects, don't know how to find jobs, don't know what their skill sets are, don't know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively," he said.
It was noted during the interview that Bloomberg had donated $30 million from his foundation to the plan highlighting employment opportunities among minorities.
"Well, for a long time, people have said there's nothing you can do about it, but blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians," said Bloomberg, who is now vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. "If you look at our jails, it's predominantly minorities.
"If you look at where crime takes place, it's in minority neighborhoods. If you look at who the victims and the perpetrators are, it's virtually all minorities. This is something that has gone on for a long time. I assume it's prevalent elsewhere but it's certainly true in New York City. And for many, many years, people said there's just nothing you can do about it."
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