Many of Fox's African-American contributors promote right wing and anti-black talking points. And they're not exactly mainstream. (Think Allen West, Alveda King, Bishop E.W. Jackson, and Sheriff David Clarke.) In keeping with that pattern, today's Fox & Friends featured Bishop Wellington Boone who scolded black people for their bad behavior!
In his introduction to the piece, Brian Kilmeade showed us why Bishop Boone was invited to Fox & Friends: "A black pastor is challenging Black Lives Matter movement this morning directly. He says, 'Don't blame the violence on police, blame the black community, itself.'"
Ainsley Earhardt explained that "it's all in his new book" titled "Black Self-Genocide, What Black Lives Matter Won't Say." She asked Boone, "Who should we blame and what's the solution?"
Boone spoke about his experience "in the ghetto" and how black people are destroying each other with violence and abortion. He scolded blacks for being "more afraid of white policemen than we are of the gangs..."
Kilmeade quoted a passage from Boone's book in which Boone claimed that while walking in the inner city, Boone is in more danger from his fellow blacks than white police. In keeping with Fox's popular anti-Black Lives Matter meme, as well as their hatred of President Barack Obama, Kilmeade noted,"This flies in the face of what Black Lives Matter is saying and they have the ear of the president of the United States."
Boone (not an anthropologist) claimed "studies," which are "really clear," show that "tribal warfare in Africa relates to gang warfare in America." He preached about how "Almighty God has ordained that this group of people will be a servant group that would know how to call the will of God out to a nation that needs God." In reinforcing the right wing's image of blacks-on-welfare, he asserted that rather than "running to the government, we should be running to God."
The racist rant about supposed black dependency continued with the bizarre assertion that "The Civil Rights movement took black people from the steps of the altar of the Church and led them to the steps of the federal government." He scolded blacks for "blaming white people." After also scolding blacks for drug abuse and having babies, he ranted about his father's lack of responsibility.
In citing his background as "ghetto and gutter," Boone spoke about the need for "revival" rather than politics. After exhorting black pastors to "rally blacks to get together," he blathered about washing somebody's feet. Kilmeade repeated the name of the book which, he predicted, will be a big seller.
A little background on Bishop Boone is in order. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Boone lost all credibility with his fellow African-Americans when, in 1996, he wanted "to boldly affirm Uncle Tom" whom he sees as a "role model." And as if this isn't bad enough, his virulent anti-gay statements are epic. He has said that the Civil Rights movement was taken over by "sodomites" to "promote perversion." He laments not being able to call gay people "faggots." At a conference sponsored by the hate group, the Family Research Council, he "declared that acceptance of gay rights is a sign of God’s judgment on this nation." (Text here) He believes that homosexuality "will result in the ultimate destruction of society."
But on Fox & Friends, who cares about details like this when the very important Fox message to its white audience, conveniently conveyed by a black clergy member, is that blacks, especially Black Lives Matter, are behaving very badly?
Watch it below, from the November 30, 2016 Fox & Friends.
Just because time marches on, it doesn’t mean progress marches on too.