Bill O’Reilly followed up last night’s discussion about white privilege with Megyn Kelly with another of his tongue lashings for African Americans – this time without the inconvenience of Kelly’s challenges. But while O’Reilly railed yet again against “race hustler” Al Sharpton for not addressing problems within the black community, O’Reilly conveniently ignored Sharpton’s remarks at Michael Brown’s funeral yesterday calling for just the kinds of changes O’Reilly advocates.
Although Kelly got props for “schooling” O’Reilly on white privilege, I was a bit less impressed. Or to put it another way, I would have been more impressed had Kelly not taken gratuitous swipes at President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Sharpton during her otherwise impressive presentation. As Crooks and Liars noted, “White privilege is getting to go on national television and pretend like you care about the issues in the black community while dumping on the black president.”
Nonetheless, O’Reilly must have felt sufficiently roughed up, rhetorically speaking, by Kelly that he spent nearly nine and a half minutes rebutting her.
He started with his Talking Points Memo which he called, “The Truth About White Privilege.”
Anyone who has heard O’Reilly expound on race in the past year or so knows that he has completely figured out all the problems in the black community: If they would just stop being such shiftless hustlers, all would be peachy.
O’Reilly put on his sociologist’s hat (despite not having any training or experience in that department) to declare that the “primary reason” for African American difficulties is “not skin color but education and not only book learning.” Citing income statistics that show Asians earning more than whites or black, O’Reilly announced, “The answer is found in stable homes and an emphasis on education.”
Well, that and blacks behaving badly:
American children must learn, not only academics, but also civil behavior, right from wrong, as well as how to speak properly and how to act respectfully in public. If African American children don’t learn those things, they will likely fail as adults, they will be poor, they will be angry and they often will be looking to blame someone else.
Obviously, the implication is that African American anger is illegitimate. Given the timing of his musings, O’Reilly’s implication is also that African American anger over the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson is illegitimate, too.
Here is where the African American leadership in America is failing. Instead of preaching a cultural revolution, the leadership provides excuses for failure. The race hustlers blame white privilege, an unfair society, a terrible country. So the message is, it’s not your fault if you abandon your children, if you become a substance abuser, if you are a criminal. No, it’s not your fault, it’s society’s. That is the big lie that is keeping some African Americans from reaching their full potential.
Until personal responsibility and a cultural change takes place, millions of African Americans will struggle. And their anger, some of it justified, will seethe. The federal government cannot fix this problem, only a powerful message of personal responsibility can turn things around.
Later in a discussion with Dr. Benjamin Carson, O’Reilly made his rancor more explicitly about Jackson and Sharpton:
Reverend Jackson, with all due respect – he’s not nearly as bad as Al Sharpton. …He doesn’t preach a cultural revolution in the black precincts. He doesn’t speak out against the deleterious entertainment that’s marketed to young black males in particular and young black females as well. He doesn’t speak about the collapse of the black family.
When you compare the black family together in the 1960s, when Jim Crow laws were still in place to now – I mean, it’s like we’re in a time capsule going backwards. You don’t hear that. All you hear is grievance grievance, grievance. Money, money, money. Give me more money! I’ll solve it with money! You don’t hear anything of what you just said and what I just said. Zero.
Apparently, you just weren’t listening, Bill. Had you bothered to take a peek at what Sharpton said yesterday at Michael Brown’s funeral, you’d have seen quite a bit of speaking about the very things you say he doesn't. Sharpton said:
What does God require? We’ve got to be straight up in our community, too. We have to be outraged at a 9-year-old girl killed in Chicago. We have to be outraged by our disrespect for each other. Our disregard for each other. Our killing and shooting and running around gun-toting each other. So that they are justifying trying to come at us because some of us act like the definition of blackness is how low you can go. Blackness has never been about being a gangster or thug. Blackness was no matter how low we was pushed down, we rose up anyhow.
…Now you wanna be a nigga and call your woman a ho, you lost where you come from.
We’ve got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of America! Rev. Al, you don’t understand what they doin’ to us. I understand. But I understand that nobody gonna help us if we don’t help ourselves. Sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves won’t solve our problems. Sitting around having ghetto pity parties rather than organizing and strategizing and putting our differences aside.
Talking Points Memo noted that O’Reilly joined most of Fox News in ignoring this part of Sharpton's speech. In fact, the only acknowledgment O’Reilly gave was to take credit for Sharpton’s words:
“He has to say that now. He has to say that now,” O’Reilly said of Sharpton. “What we did here on the ‘Factor’ here last week changed the whole way that everybody is talking about it.”
So who’s the race hustler now, O’Reilly?
Watch O'Reilly's racial antagonism below.
And what “business” is that, Robert? Blogging from your Mom’s basement for a few cents a day from the Koch Brothers?
Especially PERENNIALLY GREEDY WALL STREETERS and Burger King’s senior management, because no matter how you slice it, guess who will (as usual) GET STUCK WITH THEIR TAX BILL in the end for them moving their corporate headquarters to Canada? That’s right, you guessed it folks — US WORKING CLASS AMERICANS, THAT’S WHO!
Funny — you hear the same thing from the one percenters, too . . .
Lou Dobbs, who is second to no one on Fox in his loathing and fear of brown and black people, just clothes it in (vastly) more pompous language, and who hates Sharpton with a passion, actually noticed, somehow, that part of Sharpton’s remarks at the funeral and delivered his “commentary” in praise of Sharpton. You could hear his (small number of) viewers’ heads exploding as he “opined.”
They just LOVE it when black leaders lecture black folks. But they don’t pay enough attention to know how much work Sharpton, Jackson et al are doing in Chicago and how often they deliver this very lecture to black audiences because this stuff is as invisible to right-wing media as moderate Muslims speaking out against extremists are.
The Second Floor at this fraudulent “news” network has headaches dealing with this aging clown.
NOTE TO BILLY
How about doing a segment on men harassing their ex-wives?