Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani faced off with Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” in an explosive battle.
Giuliani said he was sympathetic toward the grand jurors that are deciding whether to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.
However, when Dyson defended the protestors and said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to preemptively declare a state of emergency sent the wrong signal, the tempers exploded.
“What should be indicted is the criminal justice system that continues to impose undue burdens on African American, Latino, and other poor people,” Dyson said.
Giuliani rightly pointed out that while everyone is focusing on this case, a white person killing a black person is the exception to the rule.
“We are talking about the significant exception, 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks,” Giuliani said.
Dyson argued that the comparison was unfair because police officers have a sworn oath to protect the citizens.
“Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail,” Dyson said adding “If a jury can indict a ham sandwich, why is it taking so long?”
“The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70-75 percent of the time,” Giuliani retorted.
“Look at this! This is the defensive mechanism of white supremacy in your mind, sir!” Dyson said.
Giuliani ended the confab by saying that he agreed with Nixon’s declaration of a state of emergency, but that he would have not been as public about it if he were in that situation.
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