What in the hell happened to Mayor Rudy Giuliani? He’s the man who led New York City after the attack on 9/11. Giuliani indicted some of the most notorious mafia crime figures of our generation in New York City.
Rudy is infamous for his support and encouragement of overzealous policing practices in Black and Brown communities of New York city which involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti, turnstile jumping, cannabis possession, and aggressive panhandling by “squeegee men”, on the theory that this would send a message that order would be maintained. He adopted an aggressive enforcement/deterrent strategy based on James Q. Wilson’s “Broken Windows” approach during his very first term as Mayor.
Rudy was so hot not so long ago. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001, and was given an honorary knighthood in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II for his leadership in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Rudy was sugar back in the day.
My how far he’s fallen.
Today, Giuliani said hush-money payments are not a ‘big crime’ since ‘nobody got killed, referring to President Trump’s recent confirmations of paying off his side-pieces to keep them from snitching on him a few weeks before the 2016 election.
Rudy has indicted and prosecuted mafia and harassed the hell out of Black and Brown young men with stop and frisk tactics, but here is Trump’s ass getting a free pass for committing a “small crime” that didn’t kill anyone. So rules are to be enforced on poor people and People of Color, but not rich Whites.
Got it. Rudy should have his law license revoked, and every case he indicted regarding crime and people of color should be overturned.
What does this say to all the other lower-class criminals harassed and convicted under Rudy’s administration? Rudy is just another hypocrite. Another disgrace to America’s criminal justice system.
Rudy had no problem in his heyday policing people of color making sure they obey the laws of the land, but he has a double standard for his rich White friends/clients.
While some people laugh at these old White men flapping in the wind making asses of themselves on the taxpayer’s dime, some of us remember the harm Giuliani and Bill Bratton inflicted on communities of color as law and order policing proponents.
Rudy has gone from being a cup of fine sugar to a pile of stinking shit. I’m sure he likely was always shit, he was just able to hide it because of circumstances. I don’t know what happened to him, but it’s kind of sad to see people going to work for the Trump administration, selling their soul to the devil. I have a hard time believing Rudy’s prepared to cap off an illustrious career going to bat for Donald Trump, a man who has a reputation for killing everything he touches.
I don’t know why Trump can fool people so easily to helping him when he ends up screwing over everyone that works for him except his kids.
Money and privilege must be some powerful shit.
If it makes you lose your mind like some of these White dudes, I’ll pass.
Rudy’s addiction to thrills has finally turned his one stellar reputation from sugar to shit, and I have don’t even care. What goes around, comes around. May he get the same treatment from the same criminal justice system he doled out to his stop and frisk victims back in the day.
If we ever need criminal justice reform, we really need it right now.
Marley K., 2018