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Bill O'Reilly Explains Why He Thinks Black People Want White People's Money

Reported by Ellen - August 7, 2010 -

In his Talking Points Memo Thursday (8/5/10), Bill O'Reilly purported to explain the huge disparity in support for President Obama between blacks and whites. I believe O'Reilly was making what he thought was a fair and balanced explanation about the differences in blacks' and whites' attitudes toward government. But just like when O'Reilly gushed over the surprisingly pleasant behavior of the patrons at a Harlem restaurant, his comments were a Freudian slip that amounted to, as Rachel Maddow later put it, a conclusion that "black people want white people's money." Actually, it was worse than that. (H/T reader John M.)

O'Reilly began with his take on white America:

"According to the polls, most white Americans don't like the huge expansion of the federal government. They also oppose the big spending increases that the president has imposed. It's simple. White Americans fear government control. They don't want the feds telling them what to do and they don't want a bankrupt nation."

O'Reilly went on to "explain" the black perspective: "Black America has a totally different view. For decades, African Americans have supported a bigger federal government... so it can impose social justice. The vast majority of blacks want money spent to level the playing field, to redistribute income from the white establishment to their precincts and to provide better education and healthcare at government (read: white) expense. So the African American voter generally loves what President Obama is doing."

O'Reilly later noted that the "social justice" component also exists among Hispanic voters.

"There are now two Americas," O'Reilly continued, "The minority community continues to believe that society is not completely fair to them and they want a huge government apparatus to change that. And while the white community may sympathize with the minority situation, they apparently believe that more harm than good is being done to the country with the cost of social justice programs."

O'Reilly's statements, highlighted above, are very telling don't you think? By saying "The vast majority of blacks want money spent to level the playing field, to redistribute income from the white establishment to their precincts," O'Reilly is not just saying African Americans want white people's money but he's suggesting that whites are the only source of money - or at least the only source of money blacks are interested in - and that all black supporters of Obama are poor. I'd wager that poor black people who support higher taxes for the wealthy believe that wealthy African Americans should pay just as much as wealthy white people and that federal assistance should go to poor whites as much as poor blacks.

In any event, my analysis is at least as valid as O'Reilly's. He offered absolutely no evidence for his conclusions and yet he presented them as though he had some unique insight into each group.

Oh, and one other thing O'Reilly implicitly suggested: That Obama shares or at least caters to that "take it from whitey" mentality that, in O'Reilly's world, is universally held by African Americans.

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