Democrat presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is facing criticism yet again over more racially-charged comments from an old interview.
In the 2011 PBS interview, then-Mayor Bloomberg said that blacks and Latinos “don’t know how to behave in the workplace.”
“Blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians. If you look at our jails, it’s predominantly minorities,” Bloomberg said, later adding, “But, nevertheless, there’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males aged, let’s say, 16 to 25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know that the — what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.”
Bloomberg on Black and Latino males between 16-25: pic.twitter.com/kaJpr46Tro
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Just last week, Bloomberg was under fire for comments he made in a 2015 interview about his “stop and frisk” policy, in which he stated that the way to get guns out of the hands of children in minority communities was to “throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”
“Ninety-five percent of murders, murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg told the Aspen Institute. “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible).”
Later in the interview, Bloomberg said that “one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.”
Bloomberg later added, “And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them … And then they start … ‘Oh, I don’t want to get caught,’ so they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”
Bloomberg had video of speech blocked.
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020