The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Bloomberg—One More Racist Billionaire Running for President

Mar 2, 2020

If you haven’t gotten a letter from the former Mayor Mike Bloomberg in your mailbox, you have seen his many, many commercials, or his full-page advertisements in the newspaper. Everywhere you turn, there is some type of marketing campaign geared toward one group or another: Blacks, Latinos, women, farmers, you name it.

Most recently, after years of praising the “stop-and-frisk” methods that were used while he was mayor, Bloomberg is apologizing. This is only after a 2015 video surfaced where the former mayor stated: “95% of your murders and murder victims fit an M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25.... The way you get guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them” (according to the Washington Post).

Bloomberg was mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013 and stop-and-frisk increased from 97,296 documented cases in 2002 to 685,724 in 2011 under his watch. Even after federal judges deemed the practice a violation of the Constitution, Bloomberg allowed the practice to continue for the remainder of his tenure.

So while workers are focused on trying to get Trump out of office, it’s a mistake to put one more wealthy, self-serving racist, disguised with good slogans, in office.