Open Thread | Dear Michael Bloomberg, Nobody Believes Your ‘Stop & Frisk’ Apology😠😠😠

Stunning news: @MikeBloomberg, who is preparing to run for president, is apologizing for his NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk at Christian Cultural Center. He has adamantly defended it for years, even as crime has gone down as stops have been reduced.

— Sally Goldenberg (@SallyGold) November 17, 2019

So… that he’s running for President, Michael Bloomberg has apologized for Stop and Frisk.

He terrorized non-White men for years, but, now that he’s running for President, he has decided to apologize.

Well, apology not accepted.

Usually, when White folk do apologies like this, they are doing it for a White audience. The problem for Bloomberg is that this is the Democratic Party Primary, and non-Whites compose over 40% of the voters. The people whose husbands, sons, father, grandfathers, uncles who were terrorized by this policy, are the base of this party.

As a Black woman, I am glad that I belong to a party where I don’t even have to consider someone who put into place a policy that terrorized-FOR YEARS- men who looked like me.

Bloomberg -completely CANCELLED😠😠



But, folks have RECEIPTS😠😠😠

In JANUARY of THIS YEAR, he defended it:

Young people’s lives derailed and ruined. Communities under siege for years. Activists condemned. Years of costly litigation. Judge Scheindlin, disparaged. But now – as he prepares to run for President – he’s sorry.

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) November 17, 2019

my fav stop and frisk stat: in 2011 there were more stops of black males in new york city 14-24 than there are black males in that age range in new york city.

— *Palpatine voice* UNLIMITED DADPUNS🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 17, 2019

He used to defend the policy by saying that the black and hispanic new yorkers who protested it just didn’t care about black and hispanic lives.

— *Palpatine voice* UNLIMITED DADPUNS🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 17, 2019

You call a man who subjected hundreds of thousands of INNOCENT black and brown boys and men to millions of unconstitutional stops and frisks an ally? If so, please remove me from that “we.” I want nothing to do with that “we.”

— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) November 18, 2019

Read my column, “Bloomberg’s Bogus, Belated Mea Culpa,” and let me know what you think. via @NYTOpinion

— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) November 18, 2019