Speaking as a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, I emphatically disagreed with the school's decision to welcome Rudolph Giuliani as the 2015 commencement speaker. Mr. Giuliani has made several outlandish remarks about African Americans including the President of the United States. His inflammatory statements about "black criminality" during the apex of tensions in Ferguson only threw gasoline on a blistering fire. These comments revealed the true beliefs of a former mayor who made it his primary mission to crack down on drug users, gang members, the homeless, welfare recipients, and immigrants - all code words in his administration for " target people of color." According to the New York Times, the year before Giuliani took office, 720 people were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana-related offenses; by 2000, the number had jumped to 59,495--an increase of 4,549 percent. By 2000, one in four New Yorkers lived in poverty, nearly double the national average. That same year, New York's homeless population reached its highest point since 1989, and the city had a shortfall of 390,000 affordable housing units for low-income renters. Throughout successive budgets, Giuliani cut funding for municipal employees, schools and other social services, all policy choices that disproportionately impacted communities of color.
Setting aside Mr. Giuliani's incompetence and callousness as an elected politician, I am also deeply troubled by his involvement in destroying evidence from a crime scene after 9/11. The motto of St. John Fisher College is "Teach me Goodness, Knowledge and Discipline." It has taken all three of these cardinal virtues to look past the official propaganda in order to discover the role some of our elected officers played leading up to and following the tragic events of 9/11. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a 2,000 member organization composed of scientific experts seeking a real investigation into the collapse of the Twin Towers and Building Seven, have reported that "On or about September 15, 2001, Rudolph Giuliani, acting on his authority as duly elected Mayor of the City of New York, authorized and contracted Bovis Lend Lease, AMEC Construction Management, Tully Construction Company, and Turner Construction Company to "provide the work necessary for removal and demolition services, " according to letter contracts, in order to remove forensic evidence from the World Trade Center. Under Giuliani's watch, these materials were shipped outside of police custody to scrap metal companies in New York and New Jersey, including Metal Management Northeast and Hugo Neu Schnitzer, both of New Jersey, and from there was shipped outside of US Jurisdiction to Baosteel Group in China....Once outside of US custody, the steel members comprising 95.5 percent of the structural steel of the Twin Towers and Building Seven, was destroyed by melting and rendered useless for any further forensic examination."
Regarding the strange fate of Building Seven, it should be repeatedly asked why CNN, the BBC and other news stations had foreknowledge of its impending "collapse." These recorded statements, countdowns, warnings, and announcements prove that at least this one building was brought down by controlled demolition rather than by raging fires. But we will never know for sure now that the evidence has been confiscated and destroyed.
Like so many other SJFC alumnus I want to know if any members of the SJFC faculty or administration discussed Mr. Giuliani's participation in destroying evidence from Ground Zero and raised objections to his invitation. If not, why?
George Payne is the founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International in Rochester, NY. He also teaches Philosophy of Religion at Finger Lakes Community College. George is a member of the 2004 graduating class of St. John Fisher College.