Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani explained Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" why he believes the Black Lives Matter movement is detrimental to the nation's security and social climate.
According to Guiliani, a movement like Black Lives Matter makes police officers targets by blaming them for complex social problems.
He noted that all Americans, regardless of race, need to make a greater effort to understand the unique experiences and struggles of their peers.
"Whites have to realize that African-American men ... and boys have a fear of being confronted by the police because of these incidences," Guiliani said, referring to the police-involved killings of two men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.
He added that another reality black Americans face is violence within the black community.
"A black will die 1 percent or less at the hands of police and 99 percent at the hands of a civilian, most often another black," he said.
Guiliani noted that every 14 hours in Chicago a black person is killed by another civilian.
"So if you want to deal with this, on the black side, you've got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you've got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police," he said. "The real danger to them ... are other black kids."
"On the white side," Guiliani continued, "we have to understand that, whether we get it or not, there is this extraordinary fear of the police, and police have to institute a policy of zero tolerance, like we did in New York." In other words there needs to be mutual trust, respect and cooperation between civilians and law enforcement officials.
After speaking on the point of tolerance, the former New York City mayor shared his belief that a movement like Black Lives Matter only serves to widen that experiential gap between white and black Americans.
"When you say black lives matter, that's inherently racist," he proclaimed. "Black lives matter, white lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter — That's anti-American, and it's racist."