The former mayor of New York City called the Black Lives Matter movement “inherently racist” in an interview Sunday.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” former mayor Rudy Giuliani said that the Black Lives Matter movement promoted violence against police officers and racism, reports The New York Times.
“When you say black lives matter, that’s inherently racist,” Giuliani said during the interview. “Black lives matter. White lives matter. Asian lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American, and it’s racist.”
Guiliani also said that Black Lives Matter had a tendency to focus on killings of blacks from police officers, rather than paying attention to cases where blacks killed each other.
“When there are 60 shootings in Chicago over the Fourth of July and 14 murders, Black Lives Matter is nonexistent, and then there’s one police murder of very questionable circumstances and we hear from Black Lives Matter, we wonder: Do black lives matter, or only the very few black lives that are killed by white policemen?” Guiliani said.
Many spoke out against Guilinani’s comments, claiming that Guiliani could be to blame for some of the issues. Guiliani defended his comments on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.
“I believe I saved a lot more black lives than Black Lives Matter. I don’t see what Black Lives Matter is doing for blacks other than isolating them,” Giulaini told Fox and Friends.
Giuliani brought up his success in the neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant.
“They were slaughtering black children and black young men and we cut that by 65 percent, so don’t tell me I don’t care about black lives,” Giuliani stated.
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