Rudy Giuliani, the Gangster

Black New Yorkers remember Rudy Giuliani well – the race-baiting, gangster-mayor who unleashed police goon (and death) squads on suddenly Constitution-free Black neighborhoods. Almost single-handedly, Giuliani destroyed the myth of white New Yorker liberalism, while at the same time enhancing the city’s reputation for corruption. Yet, this petty- and mean-minded former prosecutor is a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, due to “his warmongering and inclination to inflict physical pain on dark people.” Rudy Giuliani in the Oval Office – a man who held a press conference to inform his wife he was divorcing her for a younger woman – is a “nightmare scenario.”

It is a supreme irony that Rudolph Giuliani became mayor of New York City because his opponent and predecessor, David Dinkins, is a black man. The myth of the always liberal white New Yorker was proven to be just that on election day in 1993. White voters deserted Dinkins in droves and elected a Republican mayor for the first time in 30 years.

Giuliani, a former prosecutor, took office and immediately began treating New Yorkers, particularly black New Yorkers, like criminals. He specialized in pleasing white people by beating up black people. Under his leadership the police were unleashed and given the right to arrest for petty offenses and even to kill when they felt the urge to do so.

When Haitian immigrant Patrick Dorismond was killed by a police officer, Giuliani illegally released his juvenile justice records to police. Adding insult to injury, he smeared the dead man by stating that he was “no altar boy.” The Dorismond case was one of the tipping points that made even some white New Yorkers long for the day that Giuliani would be their former mayor.

His public actions involving his private life also took the bloom off of the Rudy rose. In 2000 Giuliani informed his wife he was leaving her for another woman. He brought her that news via press conference. New York sophistication should not be confused with moral laissez faire. The tacky behavior was never forgotten.

On September 11, 2001 New Yorkers were giving collective thanks because term limits legislation insured that Rudy would soon be gone for good. Only a small number of dead enders were still in his thrall. But the terror attacks on the twin towers put him back in the spotlight. He was dubbed “America’s mayor,” and made a Knight of British Empire. He then made a bundle by forming Giuliani Partners and making up to $200,000 for a single speaking engagement, marketing himself as a terrorism expert because he managed to look calm for a few days.

Now Giuliani is running for the Republican presidential nomination and he is the very worst of a bad lot. He unabashedly supports the occupation of Iraq and a military attack on Iran. He doesn’t think simulating drowning via water boarding is torture and agrees wholeheartedly with the Bush destruction of civil liberties.

If a potential Giuliani presidency in any way resembles a Giuliani mayoralty then the country would be in for a truly awful time. As mayor Giuliani promoted the worst, least competent people to high positions in New York City government. Bernard Kerik, an undercover cop, had the shrewdness to put himself in the right place at the right time when he volunteered to drive Rudy around during his mayoral campaign. Despite the lack of any other credential, his rise to power was swift. First he was made a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Corrections, then Commissioner.

Kerik was nothing but a crook. Fully aware that Kerik was under investigation for taking money from a construction company with organized crime connections, Giuliani nonetheless appointed him Police Commissioner. While others insist that they informed Giuliani of Kerik’s mob ties, Rudy claims not to remember. He certainly didn’t remember when he recommended his pal for a cabinet level position as Secretary of Homeland Security. When Kerik imploded under an avalanche of bad publicity Rudy just shrugged his shoulders, confident that he would continue to get away with doing whatever he wants.

Giuliani has credibility with most Republican voters because of his warmongering and inclination to inflict physical pain on dark people. He is still in trouble with conservative Christians for his pro-choice position as mayor of New York City and for publicly treating his wife and children like dirt. He plans to make up for that by being more overtly racist.

He will remind white Republicans of the good old days when he cut the welfare roles. He did so by breaking the law and denying benefits to eligible people, but no matter. He knows his audience. When they hear the word welfare they will salivate like Pavlovian dogs and decide that Rudy is their man.

There is every reason to believe that Giuliani will act out his every sick fantasy if he were to occupy the oval office. There is no reason to believe that Democrats would finally behave like an opposition. A Giuliani presidency is a nightmarish scenario. We will all be Patrick Dorismond, assumed to be guilty of something and therefore worthy of punishment. It is hard to imagine a worse president than George W. Bush, but Rudolph Giuliani fits that description perfectly.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached at: Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.Com. Read other articles by Margaret, or visit Margaret's website.

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  1. Michael said on November 9th, 2007 at 9:20am #

    What a ridiculous, semi-literate, racist nonsense this article is. Giuliani simply did his job and did it well, unlike his predecessor, who did not even understand what the job was about. White liberals deserted Dinkins? They hated Giuliani and voted for Dinkins in the first elections, but after Dinkins had shown a complete incompetence, and more so, unleashed a pogrom in Crown Heights that continued for 3 days, by ordering Kelly not to interfere, the white liberals had no other option but to vote for Giuliani. Fortunately, they made the right choice, which I hope will be followed in the next Presidential elections.

  2. Jungle Boy said on November 10th, 2007 at 3:29am #

    I guess that ml does not stand for Martin Luther!!!

    Easy to clean up 42nd Street with Gestapo!!!

    Gulog oni is still a Fascist!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jungle Boy said on November 10th, 2007 at 3:34am #

    Giuliani wants to PLAY with the big boys, but he is too much a stupid freak to make it– disresprcting his wife in PUBLIC just shows how low he is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Michael Kenny said on November 10th, 2007 at 6:49am #

    Giuliani’s problem is that because he’s a liberal, conservatives don’t like him. Because he’s a Republican, liberals don’t like him. Because he’s a Catholic, the Catholic-haters don’t like him. Because he is openly pro-choice and has a collection of wives, the Catholics don’t like him. Because of the antics Ms Kimberly describes, the Blacks don’t like him. Because he’s hooked up with the Jewish extremists, the moderate Jews don’t like him. Talk about falling between stools!

    My theory is that the Bush clan wants to see Hillary in the White House so that they can run Jeb against her in 2012 (he’ll only be 59!). Giuliani is a perfect patsy. A rabid warmonger who goes down to defeat defending Dubya’s record is perfect! By 2012, the defeat will be clear for all to see and Jeb will say “if only you’d listened to Rudi 4 years ago!”.

    Of course, if Rudi wins …

  5. hp said on November 10th, 2007 at 8:52am #

    Jewliani is certainly no Catholic nor a member of any religion. He is a demonic miscreant and if abetted will most assuredly cause nothing but murder and mayhem. Abetted by his un-American dual Israeli-American citizen neocon traitors.

  6. Lloyd Rowsey said on November 10th, 2007 at 12:16pm #

    Seems to me Googs would have a prob if Israel didin’t exist.

  7. SamZ said on November 11th, 2007 at 12:27am #

    Rudolph is a windbag, which served him well as a prosecutor and mayor. If elected, would make bushco years look like a picnic. The only way I see him elected though is a National Security crisis developing before next Nov. But that’s not a big deal with some help from his friends at White House.

  8. CNN said on December 22nd, 2007 at 11:30pm #

    funny that if you dig through recent donors here
    for Rudy you’ll find an awful lot of the NASCAR drivers and team owners have donated big $ to his campaign.

    And Michael Kenny may be understated here. It’s not just the Bush clan who would love to see what he described play out. If the US is to complete the plans started with NAFTA (by Clinton, then continued by Bush) then Hillary is the best for that job with Jeb coming along later to keep things rolling. And he’s right.. if Guiliani is on the ticket the Dems will pour everything they’ve got into defeating him.

  9. Dianne said on January 13th, 2008 at 5:08pm #

    Prove these ridiculous allegations.