WASHINGTON, DC- For months now, the media has been nitpicking former New York Mayor and current 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg. Every little thing he does gets ripped apart, sometimes by both sides of the political coins.
Sometimes it’s completely justified, and sometimes it’s just overreaching.
I have written about him a few times and I felt the news sources were grasping at straws for all the sexual harassment stuff in his history.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Michael Bloomberg does not need help screwing himself over and ruining any chance he would ever have as the United States President.
Exhibits A-Z for my case follows.
Towards the end of his long stint as Mayor of New York, Bloomberg was pushing a new organization he was supporting, called Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). This group was set to be a “public-private partnership” and the $127 million it needed in funding was courtesy of Bloomberg himself, as well as his puppet master, George Soros.
So right off the bat we know there’s gonna be some problems.
Bloomberg is everything the media claims Trump is, and they won’t do anything about it. What a disgrace.
Mike Bloomberg Claimed Young Men of Color 'Don't Know How to Behave' https://t.co/6SAYeyxQoz
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 18, 2020
The group’s mission, says the website, is “to develop and champion policies, programs and partnerships that holistically support the success of young men of color throughout NYC.
YMI accomplishes its mission through broad policy recommendations, changes and agency reforms and by connecting the city’s young men of color to individuals, opportunities and organizations that improve the quality of their lives and lead them to a more successful future.”
Bloomberg apparently missed the memo that he was supposed to be supporting “young men of color,” because when he appeared on PBS to give some advertising to the group, he had this to say:
“We’ve done a number of these kinds of things to try and attract the kind of jobs that are available to people, who maybe don’t have a formal education … or don’t have great command of the English language or have a blemish on their resume.
Nevertheless, there’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, age 16-to-25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs … [and] don’t know how to behave in the workplace.”
After directly insulting black and Latino people, he went on to stereotypically insult them. This time, he said:
“But there will be jobs if we can get these kids, get their families together, even if their fathers don’t live with their mothers or [have] never been married or maybe, even, they’re in jail.”
I mean, racist much?
Bloomberg is already under the gun for his “stop and frisk” comments (In case you missed that, here’s what he said to a group of white people in 2015:
“It’s controversial, but … 95 percent of your murders, and murderers, and murder victims fit one [description]. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all of the cops. They are male, minorities, 15-to-25. That’s true in New York, it’s true in virtually every city in America.”).
In a blow to Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, audio has resurfaced of the former New York mayor claiming that most murderers are young men of color. pic.twitter.com/h1CJFfiA0P
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 11, 2020
Now the public is reminded of his comments from 2011 regarding blacks and Latinos. Specifically that they don’t know how to behave and implying that their fathers are likely in jail.
Michael Meyers, the New York Civil Rights Coalition’s executive director, wrote an article for HuffPost.com after the launch of YMI. I wish I could fit the entire thing in this article because it’s that good.
I can’t do that, so I will share that in part, it said:
“I do not like the mayor’s announced ‘Young Men’s Initiative’… that throws big bucks at rescuing black and Latino males, they who are disproportionately in lockup in the state’s prisons, dropouts from its schools, and unemployable because of their felony convictions, indolence or lack of a high school diploma, according to Bloomberg and his billionaire enabler George Soros.
Bloomberg seems to make bad choices a lot.
*40 discrimination and harassment suits from 64 employees over the past two decades.*
*Defended Charlie Rose*
*Trying to justify 5 million stop and frisk assaults against young men of color. Then says oops.*https://t.co/vbwp9FBNgG
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) February 13, 2020
“I loathe stereotypes and I don’t like the race and sex cast of the Initiative; it skews the complexity of the social problems that have a disparate impact on minorities of both sexes.
Mainly, I am opposed to this Young Men’s scheme because the black and Latino community is dis-served by good-intentioned paternalism — such strategies for addressing the racial gap between non-whites and their peers are doomed to fail because they are trying to sell hope through charity and group blame.”
If Meyers was writing with a mic, he would have dropped it.
Additionally, Steven Thrasher wrote a column for Village Voice after the group’s inception in 2011. In part, he wrote:
“So what is Bloomberg doing announcing that he now wants to throw $127 million—including $30 million from his own pocket—at black and brown men, just as he’s getting ready to ride off into the sunset? Is he smoking some of that really good stuff only a billionaire could afford?
Or is it just, as Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance puts it, that ‘at the end of the day, the mayor has essentially fucked poor black people and poor Latinos in this city—to an extraordinary degree. This is a fairly significant maneuver at the end of his term to try to bolster his legacy.’”
This guy says the wrong things, and he does the wrong things. For a loving and tolerant liberal, Mikey Bloomberg sure does seem to piss off a large group of every ethnicity.
And guess what? He does it all on his own.
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