Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 7/15/16
Rudy Giuliani, one of the most effective political leaders of our generation and arguably the best mayor in New York City history, was widely condemned for his policing policies – most particularly as those policies pertained to African-Americans.
In a continuation of policies from his predecessor, Giuliani cracked down hard on crimes that had previously been largely ignored by New York police – crimes such as graffiti, petty theft, vandalism, aggressive panhandling and other relatively minor offenses committed disproportionately by young black men in black neighborhoods.
Giuliani was – predictably – branded a racist. New York’s most vocal professional race hustler – the “Reverend” Al Sharpton – was relentless in his attacks on Giuliani.
For his part, Giuliani dealt with Sharpton in the simplest way possible. He didn’t. He froze Sharpton out. “I’m not dealing with him,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani refused to give Sharpton the satisfaction. He denied Sharpton the legitimacy he would have otherwise enjoyed had he gained an audience with the mayor of New York City.
By the end of Giuliani’s administration, crime in New York City was at historic lows. Despite being out of office for nearly 15 years, Rudy’s legacy lives. New York City today is one of the safest large cities in America. (Worth noting, however, is the sad fact that crime is again on rise in the Big Apple under far-left mayor Bill de Blasio.)
Contrast Giuliani’s approach regarding Al Sharpton with that of President Obama and Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter – like Al Sharpton – has gained the standing and credibility attendant to having been welcomed to the White House by the President of the United States. The organization (movement? cult?) deserves no such recognition. Giuliani is correct in his characterization of Black Lives Matter as “inherently racist.”
Giuliani isn’t alone in his condemnation. David Clarke, the African-American, Democratic sheriff of Milwaukee County said,
Black Lives Matter has no more to do with black issues than Students for a Democratic Society had to do with Democracy. They are means to an end, and they use the black population as sacrifices for their goals.”
It took courage and clarity of purpose for Giuliani to pursue his policing policies in the face of withering criticism. But Giuliani’s clarity paid off in the thousands of black lives that have since been saved by the dramatic reduction in violent crime in New York.
Similar clarity is now called for in the face of the Black Lives Matter movement – clarity we are unlikely to see from the White House.
If Black Lives Matter gets its way, violence will only increase and many lives – including black lives – will be lost. Responsible and intellectually honest political leaders – white and black – must renounce the implicit endorsement of racism and violence by Black Lives Matter and its adherents. The simplest such renunciation would be to follow Giuliani’s example as it pertained to Al Sharpton.
Which is to say, don’t legitimize a virulently racist group like Black Lives Matter by inviting them to the White House.