Michael Bloomberg is again under fire for his problematic comments about racing, with a video showing the presidential hopeful 2020 and claiming that many young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workforce.”
The billionaire, 78, claimed this during an interview with 2011 PBS, which is now going viral amid indignation about the many other controversial comments from Bloomberg.
In the 2011 interview – conducted while serving a third term as mayor of New York – Bloomberg attempted to take a new initiative to improve employment for young men.
He told interviewer Jeffrey Brown: “There is a huge cohort of black and Latino men, age, say, 16 to 25, who have no jobs, have no prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know what their skills are, [and] not know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work together and collectively ‘.
Mike Bloomberg is once again under fire for his problematic remarks about the race, with a reappeared 2011 video in which he claims that many young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workforce”
Elsewhere in the interview, he claimed that “blacks and Latinos score terribly in school tests when compared to whites and Asians” and that minorities are the majority of those detained in city prisons.
He added: ‘If you look at where crime takes place, it is in minority neighborhoods. If you look at who the victims and the perpetrators are, they are almost all minorities. This is something that has been going on for a long time. ”
The comment is similar to another Bloomberg made during a private speech in 2015 – who made news on the front page last week after leaked audio was shared on Twitter.
In that speech, given at the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg praised his controversial stop-and-fouk policy while declaring that his strategy was while mayor ‘put all police officers in minority neighborhoods’ hoping to tackle gun violence.
“Ninety-five percent of the murders – murderers and victims of murder fit in one M.O. You can just take a description, pass on this Xerox and pass it on to all agents. They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s right in New York, that’s right in almost every city. “
Bloomberg is now trying to try the minority voters in the Democratic primaries – but his earlier remarks about race proved problematic
“And that’s where the real crime is. You have to get the weapons out of people being killed, “he said.
“So one of the unintended consequences is that people say,” Oh my God, you arrest children for marijuana who are all minorities. ‘ Yes that’s right. Why? Because we place all agents in minority neighborhoods. “
‘Yes that’s right. Why are we doing it? Because there is all crime. And the way you take the weapons out of the children’s hands is to throw them against the wall and search 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 turmoil comments reported by Bloomberg News, which is part of the billionaire’s media empire.
Bloomberg – who has already apologized for his push-and-fouk policy – was forced to say sorry for offensive remarks he made about minority men during a speech in 2015
The attack comes weeks before the primary president of South Carolina, where black voters will form a significant part of the electorate. Bloomberg skips the first four games
‘I apologise. I own it. And there’s nothing – I’m going to live with it. I think my heart was in the right place to try to do something to reduce the killings, but the police – I didn’t pay as much attention to it as I should have done. And you know, my apologies, “Bloomberg said.
He later tweeted: “This issue and my comments about it do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equality.
“I believe we should end mass detention and during my term of office we reduced detention by 40% and the youth restriction by more than 60%.
“We have set up the Young Men’s Initiative to help young men in color on their way to success, on which President Obama has built to create My Brother’s Keeper. And we have overhauled a school system that had neglected and under-funded schools in black and Latino communities for too long. “
The blunders were seized by President Trump, who tweeted: “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST.”
File photo, Rev. Al Sharpton, center, with protesters during a silent march to end New York’s stop-and-frisk program. On August 12, 2013, a federal judge in New York said the department made thousands of racially discriminatory street stops and appointed a monitor to lead changes