Mike Bloomberg continues to find himself in trouble for past statements he has made that many in the black community find racist. Bloomberg who endorsed stop and frisk and seen it going to record stops on his watch has a problem with black voters.
- Resurfaced interview from 2011 features Bloomberg saying ‘enormous cohort of black and Latino males’ aged 16 to 25 ‘don’t have any prospects’
- He added that ‘they don’t know how to find jobs… [and] don’t know how to behave in the workplace’
- Interview has resurfaced in the wake of separate comments made by Bloomberg in 2015, during which he defended his stop-and-frisk policy
- Bloomberg has since apologized for pushing that policy while he was New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg is again under fire for his problematic comments on race, with a resurfaced video showing the 2020 Presidential hopeful claiming that many young black and Latino men ‘don’t know how to behave in the workforce’.
The billionaire, 78, made the assertion during a 2011 interview with PBS, which is now going viral amid outrage over Bloomberg’s other controversial remarks.
In the 2011 interview – conducted while he was serving a third term as New York City Mayor – Bloomberg attempted to gain support for a new initiative to enhance employment opportunities for young men.
He told interviewer Jeffrey Brown: ‘There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, age, 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 what their skill sets are, [and] don’t know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work collaboratively and collectively’.
Elsewhere, in the interview he asserted that ‘blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians’ and that minorities make up a majority of those incarcerated in the city’s jails.
He went on to add: ‘If you look at where crime takes place, it’s in minority neighborhoods. If you look at who the victims and the perpetrators are, it’s virtually all minorities. This is something that has gone on for a long time’.
The comment is similar to another Bloomberg made during a private speech in 2015 – which made front page news last week after leaked audio was shared on Twitter.
In that speech, given to the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg touted his controversial stop-and-frisk policy while stating that his strategy while Mayor was to ‘put all the cops in minority neighborhoods’ with the hope of tackling gun violence.
‘Ninety-five percent of murders – murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O.,’ he stated.
‘You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city.’
‘And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed,’ he said.
‘So 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.’
‘Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. 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 apologized last Tuesday amid the uproar, in comments reported by Bloomberg News, which is part of the billionaire’s media empire.
‘I apologize. I own it. And there’s nothing – I’m going to live with it. My heart, I think, was in the right place of trying to do something of reducing murders but the police – I didn’t pay as much attention to them as I should have. And you know, I apologize,’ Bloomberg said.
He later tweeted: ‘This issue and my comments about it do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equity.
‘I believe we need to end mass incarceration and during my tenure we reduced incarceration by 40% and juvenile confinement by more than 60%.
‘We created the Young Men’s Initiative to help young men of color stay on track for success, which President Obama built on to create My Brother’s Keeper. And we overhauled a school system that had been neglecting and underfunding schools in Black and Latino communities for too long.’
The gaffes were seized upon by President Trump, who tweeted: ‘WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST’.
New polls show Bloomberg is rising in the crowded field of Democratic hopefuls.
According to data published by Real Clear Politics, Bloomberg has shot up to third in the polls, trailing behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
Bloomberg explaining the theory of his Stop & Frisk policy: if you make young Black or Latino men fear they could be stopped by the police **whenever they walk outside** you may deter the few who are carrying.