Michael Bloomberg’s 12 year “stop and frisk” policy – a police technique which was used primarily in Black and Latino neighborhoods – has the potential to scuttle any chance he has to win the presidency, no matter how much money he spends to do so.
Bloomberg has tried simply apologizing for “stop and frisk”. That apparently has not worked.
So now he has switched gears’s and is trying identity-politics pandering instead.
According to Alexi McCammond’s article at axios.com:
The former New York mayor is giving a speech on the racial wealth gap and economic mobility in Tulsa on Sunday, delivering some of his most honest remarks on race since launching his presidential campaign. Bloomberg’s campaign is also releasing “the Greenwood Initiative,” an economic proposal that aims to address the lasting legacy of discrimination.
“As someone who has been very lucky in life, I often say my story would only have been possible in America — and that’s true,” Bloomberg is expected to say at the Greenwood Cultural Center.
“But I also know that my story might have turned out very differently if I had been Black, and that more Black Americans of my generation would have ended up with far more wealth, had they been White.”
This, presumably, is supposed to get Black voters to either forget “stop and frisk” entirely, or to perceive that it somehow doesn’t count if Michael Bloomberg – White, Jewish and worth over $50 billion dollars – tells them “my story might have turned out very differently if I had been Black.”
As if it hadn’t already occurred to them.
Look, we can argue over whether “stop and frisk” was a beneficial element of New York City’s reduction in crime over the Bloomberg years (though you’d be hard-pressed to find a positive story about it if you googled “stop and frisk” – I know, I tried).
But it is unarguable that a great many Black people were – and remain – vehemently against it and that, no matter what kind of apologia Bloomberg offers he will – and should be – directly associated with it.
Given that Democrat candidates cannot win national elections without massive Black support and high turnout, and given that a Michael Bloomberg candidacy might depress both, I have to believe Democrat leaders are scared excrementless over the prospect that Bloomberg may be successful in buying the party’s nomination.
They should be.