Giuliani and Blacks in love fest – Not so much

Nice article in the NYT today that articles Rudy Giuliani’s relationships with black leaders in New York. It appears, at least from his article, that most of these relationships in with the black leader resigning.

It seems to me that Rudy Giuliani is simply too — too mean, too aggressive, too vindictive, too hateful. But that’s just my opinion.

If you don’t get along with New York blacks or the New York Police Department or the New York Fire Department, who exactly didn’t Rudy Giuliani piss off during his tenure as mayor?

From NYT:

Once the cultural capital of black America, Harlem had reached the bottom of decades of decline by the late 1980s, with streets full of abandoned houses, virtually an open-air crack cocaine market and thousands of violent crimes each year. It took the collaboration of people including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001, and Karen Phillips, who ran the development arm of a historic black church, to turn it around.

Under policies advanced by the Giuliani administration and carried out by Phillips and other activists dedicated to saving the neighborhood, real estate and retail boomed and crime plunged. It was dubbed the second Harlem Renaissance, and Giuliani seemed quite proud of his achievements there, telling the New York Daily News in December 2000 that “the reality is that my administration has done more for Harlem than any administration in the last 50 years.” (more…)

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