Interestingly enough, in that same New Yorker profile, Bloomberg admitted that if he had a son, maybe, just maybe he would look at the controversial policy differently.
If I had a son who was stopped, I might feel differently about it, but nevertheless. Maybe I was inelegant, but I don’t think anybody thinks I am anything but — I hope not, anyway — supportive of trying to help all people. With my own money as well as time, thank you very much. I’ve spent 12 years of my life doing this.
Well, the reality is that even if Michael Bloomberg had a son, he’d be White and of privilege — making his chances of being stopped by the NYPD for anything besides a handshake to be extremely slim.
For Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, though, he has no choice but to consider the ramifications of a policy that is nothing more than racial profiling with a catchy name.
In a new campaign ad that began airing on Monday, de Blasio disses the conversation he along with his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is Black, had to have with their 15-year-old son, Dante, about the day he’ll be stopped by the police.
In the ad, entitled, “Dignity,” de Blasio says, “There are hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have never experienced stop and frisk. Chirlane and I have talked to Dante many times about the fact that some day, he will be stopped. Parents all over the city are having that conversation with their kids.”
Should de Blasio be elected mayor, it would be a welcome change from Bloomberg; Bloomberg and his brand of wealthy White paternalism is nauseating. His entire “I know what’s best for you!” style of governing is often negated by the fact that when he is purportedly “thinking of the people,” he only tends to look out for the interest for a certain type of person.
He’s not taking a genuine interest in understanding the needs of the communities he as well as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly say they are protecting by way of legal persecution. If he were, he wouldn’t dare utter such stupidity like the suggestion that public housing tenants be fingerprinted as a way of keeping criminals out of buildings.
If one wanted to truly combat crime in a way that “will make a difference in the long term,” one might think to start with attacking the conditions that cause people to turn to it.
He could start by singling out all of his finance buddies downtown who built their enormous wealth off the backs of the poor.
But that isn’t Mike Bloomberg’s aim.
He is nothing more than a know-it-all with the bank account that affords him the ability to shove his brand of stupid down everyone’s throats.
In fact, he will be remembered as a poor-bashing, racist-policy-endorsing politician. Hopefully, he won’t figure out a way to buy his way out of it.