Pointing to recent acts of violence against the police, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani remarked that President Obama should start emulating actor-comedian Bill Cosby when he discusses crime in the black community.
Giuliani said he’d just returned from a trip overseas, and the United States is constantly derided there as a “racist state.” He’s getting tired of it.
Citing reports that roughly “70 percent” of New York City homicides are committed by African-Americans, Giuliani told radio host John Gambling Thursday that “There are many, many extremely understandable’ reasons for that both historically and environmentally,” according to the Daily Mail.
Giuliani also used as examples the savage beating of a 15-year-old girl in a Brooklyn McDonald’s and the shooting of two Ferguson police officers early Thursday morning, leaving them both seriously injured.
To counter that, he offered that “if an African-American president stood up and said — I hate to mention it because of what happened afterwards – the kinds of stuff that Bill Cosby used to say. The kinds of stuff that Imam Pasha says at the Malcolm X Mosque: This is our responsibility.”
When he said “what happened afterwards,” Giuliani was referencing rape allegations that have been lodged against Cosby in the last year.
But during the 1960s to 1980s, Cosby served as a role model for African-Americans, and was known as “America’s Dad.”
One of Cosby’s speeches during that era came to be known as the “Pound Cake” address, in which he noted:
These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake.
Then we all run out and are outraged: “The cops shouldn’t have shot him.” What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?’
I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. And I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said, “If you get caught with it, you’re going to embarrass your mother.”
Then “America’s Mayor” turned to President Obama.
“I disagree with Barack Obama on almost everything, but I think Barack Obama’s a good family man, and he’s a good man,” he said.
But that’s not enough.
“It is the obligation of the President to explain that our police are the best in the world,” he said, noting that they’re the best trained, most restrained and tend to fire their weapons the least often.
“There are very few incidents that turn out to be bad incidents,” he continued. “And the one they tried to make out into a bad incident — Ferguson — where they all went crazy, was a man who was shot in the commission of a crime” Giuliani noted.“And it turned out to be a justifiable homicide.”
He also cautioned Obama against race-baiter Al Sharpton.
“If you hang around Al Sharpton you must be anti-police,” Giuliani said. repeating the sentiment among police officers.
“It all starts at the top,: Giuliani said. “It’s the tone that’s set by the President.”
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