Blacks Must Hold Bloomberg’s Feet To The Fire If They Decide To Vote For Him…

It all start­ed back when there was a lot of pres­sure on banks to make loans to every­one.”
And then Congress got involved ― local elect­ed offi­cials, as well ― and said, ‘Oh that’s not fair, these peo­ple should be able to get cred­it.’ And once you start­ed push­ing in that direc­tion, banks start­ed mak­ing more and more loans where the cred­it of the per­son buy­ing the house wasn’t as good as you would like.”

[Michael Bloomberg] was Speaking to the mort­gage melt­down of 2008. And more to the point, endors­ing the process known as redlin­ing.
According to (Huffingtonpost) “Redlining, was the term where banks took whole neigh­bor­hoods and said, ‘People in these neigh­bor­hoods are poor, they’re not going to be able to pay off their mort­gages, tell your sales­men don’t go into those areas.’

Huffingtonpost also detailed how Michael Bloomberg was a mem­ber of some lily-white social clubs before he decid­ed to run for the may­oral­ty of New York City.
Those clubs includ­ed the Century Club, a pre­dom­i­nant­ly white club in Purchase, New York, & the Brook club — an élite, secre­tive social club in mid­town Manhattan. According to the same report­ing, Bloomberg resigned his mem­ber­ship in both clubs but rejoined after com­plet­ing his three terms as Mayor of New York City.
This seems to be stan­dard oper­at­ing prac­tice for Micahel Bloomberg who was a strong advo­cate for the con­tro­ver­sial pro­gram used by the NYPD called ‘Stop & Frisk.
The con­tro­ver­sial prac­tice which dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly tar­get­ed African-Americans was intro­duced by Bloomberg’s pre­de­ces­sor Republican Rudolph Giuliani.
The prac­tice was wide­ly panned and was even­tu­al­ly dropped by the NYPD. Even so, Michael Bloomberg praised the pro­gram and crit­i­cized those who fought to stop it, even after he left office.

The New York Times Ashley Southall said in Never of 2019; During Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure as may­or of New York City, police offi­cers stopped and ques­tioned peo­ple they believed to be engaged in crim­i­nal activ­i­ty on the street more than five mil­lion times. Officers often then searched the detainees — the vast major­i­ty of whom were young black and Latino men — for weapons that rarely mate­ri­al­ized.
The tem­per­a­ture in the city at the time was that the police were at war with black and brown peo­ple on the streets,” said Jenn Rolnick-Borchetta, the direc­tor of impact lit­i­ga­tion at the Bronx Defenders, one of the groups that have suc­cess­ful­ly sued the Police Department over the prac­tice. “And that is how peo­ple expe­ri­enced it.”
At the time the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLY) said, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk pro­gram con­tin­ues to dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly tar­get, stop, and frisk peo­ple of col­or, espe­cial­ly young black and Latino men and boys, the vast major­i­ty of whom have done noth­ing wrong. 

Michael Bloomberg

The New York Daily News report­ed that in 2011, the peak year of Stop Question & Frisk (SQF) in NYC, 84% of those stopped were either black or Hispanic — a fig­ure well above black and Hispanic rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the city.
Six per­cent of those stops result­ed in an arrest while an addi­tion­al 6% result­ed in a tick­et. This means there was no fur­ther police action tak­en in 88% of cas­es. 
Despite the fail­ure of the prac­tice to (a) pro­duce results that could be point­ed to ‑to off­set the out­cry, and (b) despite the dis­pro­por­tion­ate way in which it was exe­cut­ed, and © despite the ten­sions it cre­at­ed between the police depart­ment and Black and Hispanic peo­ple in the city, Michael Bloomberg dou­bled down­ing on his defense of the ini­tia­tive.
That, of course, was until he decid­ed he want­ed to run for the Presidency of the United States.

As soon as he saw an open­ing to run for President, Michael Bloomberg imme­di­ate­ly had a come to Jesus moment and decid­ed, “maybe stop & frisk was not such a good pol­i­cy after all”. It is the very same way that Bloomberg decid­ed to quit his mem­ber­ships in the all-white clubs when it suit­ed his inter­est and rejoined when he was no longer under the glare of the spot­lights as a politi­cian.
And so Bloomberg, the recent con­vert to civ­il rights, ready to sing kum­baya, has been doing the rounds in the African-America church­es.
Bloomberg may be an ego­ma­ni­a­cal oppor­tunist but he is no fool, he knows no Democrat can win the white house with­out win­ning the black vote.
He start­ed off with his friend A R Bernard’s church in Brooklyn which is the largest meg-church in the north­east, boast­ing a mem­ber­ship of about 40,000.
In a kind of mea-cul­pa tour, Bloomberg has set out to win black vot­ers to his side, even if he has to bold-faced­ly lie to them.

As more and more voic­es have been raised about his record when it comes to Black America, Michael Bloomberg has launched an all-out charm offen­sive to con­vince African-Americans that he is a changed man.
As his redlin­ing com­ments and stop and frisk poli­cies gath­er steam against his pres­i­den­tial ambi­tions Michael Bloomberg told reporters in Tennessee Thursday that he intends to launch “Mike for Black America”. Hahaha.…..Really now?
Bloomberg must know that win­ning over Black peo­ple real­ly does not require much more than promis­es and a pat on the back, unless you are also Black your­self.

I apol­o­gized for the prac­tice and the pain that it caused,” he said Wednesday. “It was five years ago. And, you know, it’s just not the way that I think, and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day.
Oh my God, if only life was that sim­ple, despite the pain he has caused he demands for­give­ness on the basis that it has been five years ago.
If only the peo­ple who have been abused by Bloomberg’s police and framed could have it that easy and have their good names restored.
They too should claim it’s been five years and then some. But those priv­i­leges are reserved for the rich and pow­er­ful like Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump.

Introducing Michael Bloomberg at an event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Elenora Woods, pres­i­dent of the city’s NAACP chap­ter, (a black woman) said Bloomberg would be a tire­less fight­er for eco­nom­ic jus­tice for black Americans.
Sure thing I sup­pose, she is prov­ing a neg­a­tive, Bloomberg has yet bought the Democrat nom­i­na­tion, but she already knows that he will be a tire­less fight­er for Black Americans.
You sim­ply can­not make these things up.
Look, I know what racism looks like,” woods went on, “I know what it looks like, and that’s not Mike Bloomberg.”
I don’t know whether Michael Bloomberg is a racist or not, in fact, that is hard­ly the point. He has demon­strat­ed through his poli­cies, that he is dan­ger­ous to the inter­ests of black peo­ple, that is the issue in front of us.
I have been think­ing about join­ing the NAACP but Nah .….…I’m good.

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