Bill O’Reilly just can’t stop lecturing black America about what’s wrong with them and what they need to do to improve themselves. And yet he’s still glossing over as somehow irrelevant and unimportant what African Americans actually do on their own behalf.
Last night, O’Reilly let forth another stunner of a race baiter.
First, he did a little fear mongering about Ferguson:
A report today says that people who live in and around Ferguson, Missouri are buying guns at a record rate. That’s because the decision on the police shooting of Michael Brown is due soon and there could be more rioting in that area.
O’Reilly acknowledged that “African-Americans are struggling.” He asked, “But why?” Cue up the scolding.
First, O’Reilly played a clip of Ben Stein’s attack on African Americans as “self-defeating” and self-destructing. With a little soupçon of blaming President Obama for not addressing it. (Code words for Obama is too soft on blacks and we know why.)
O’Reilly made a feint at balance by saying Stein’s complaint is “not entirely true” because “President Obama has initiated the My Brother’s Keeper program which is well thought out, providing mentors to young black males and getting corporations to help black youth.” And he acknowledged that “Because of history, America does owe blacks extra help.”
But that was merely a prelude to a torrent of disgust and disdain:
But “Talking Points” has said again and again that it’s the collapse of the African-American family that has led mostly to the economic chaos. Stats are well known: 72 percent of all black babies now born out of wedlock -- 72 percent; 45 percent of black homes headed by a woman; the desertion rate for African-American men astronomical. That’s the truth. And that is why the poorest precincts continue to suffer.
…In Chicago, black gangs terrorize entire neighborhoods. Essentially brutalizing their own people. For some reason the white power structure in Chicago, which is very liberal, is not able to control the black gangs, for some reason. President Obama has not paid much attention to that problem, although we think he grieves about it because he used to work there.
But there is only so much the feds can do. Throwing money at the situation doesn’t work. Cultural violence and chaos is a local problem. And the combative African-Americans themselves have to rise up and demand protection. But more importantly, they have to condemn irresponsible behavior by their own.
So here’s why we know O’Reilly’s concern for African Americans is disingenuous and serves as little more than a pretext for condemnation: He never discusses Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program. Oh, O’Reilly pays it lip service. But only until he quickly moves on to all the ills in the black community - just as he did here. How about a "Factor investigation" into programs like Head Start that have proven benefits? Don't hold your breath. When one of O’Reilly’s own guests invited him to Harlem and Washington Heights to see “the ways in which people are trying to get educated,” O’Reilly scornfully refused, saying “I know what’s going on.”
In short, this is a man looking to whip up and justify racial antagonism, not a man interested in improving the lives of African Americans or race relations. Other than to issue his list of demands for black people, that is.
Watch it below.