July 6, 2009 @ 8:50 am
We have had sixteen long years of Republican rule in New York City. Rudy Giuliani’s contempt for civil liberties and the gleeful abandon with which he stoked racial fires are the lasting images of the Giuliani years. The police officer who sodomized Abner Louima with a broomstick, the undercover police gangs who gunned down innocent black citizens and were praised by Giuliani are indelible memories for many New Yorkers. The officer who was said to have announced to his victim that “It’s Giuliani time” never said it — but neither did Gerald Ford say “Drop Dead” to New York. Both remarks captured essential truths.
Rudy Crew, a former New York City school chancellor whom Giuliani forced out, expressed what many New Yorkers felt when he remarked, “There’s something very deeply pathological about Rudy’s humanity; he was barren, completely emotionally barren, on the issue of race.”
Michael Bloomberg’s bland and bloodless public persona has created the false impression that he is less angry, more judicious than his predecessor. Maybe so, but like Crew, those who have been the target of Bloomberg’s anger think otherwise. Take a look.