Isn't it time to turn the tables on Bill O’Reilly’s comparison of #BlackLivesMatter to the KKK?
Last week, Bill O’Reilly attacked #BlackLivesMatter for not repudiating some outlier protesters caught chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like blanket” as well as another group chanting “What do we want? Dead cops? When do want them? Now!” And even though #BlackLivesMatters is a non-violent group, O’Reilly also compared them to the KKK.
Media Matters caught the following exchange between O’Reilly and Fox News contributor Eboni K. Williams:
WILLIAMS: That’s an outlier segment, though Bill. To assign that—no I’ve talked to leadership as well.
O’REILLY: And let me tell you why you’re desperately wrong here, Eboni. Because they could have, the leadership of Black Lives Matter could have repudiated those things, and they did not, alright? So that’s where you’re wrong.
O’REILLY: If the movement doesn’t repudiate, it’s like the Ku Klux Klan, alright? You know, are all Klansman going to hang blacks? No. But they’re all in the same soup bowl, alright? Because they don’t divorce themselves from the group who did do those things.
Sadly, Williams, an African American whose blindness to the racism on Fox got her hired as a contributor, did not object to this over-the-top comparison. In fact, she helped validate it by saying, “What you’ve just showed, there, Bill, that is hate speech. Those people should have been arrested, it could incite violence.”
Let me say this: I wholeheartedly support #BlackLivesMatter but I also wholeheartedly support police. I, personally, think it would have been a good move for #BlackLivesMatter leaders to condemn any kind of violent rhetoric, even if the “Fry ‘em like bacon” chant was meant as playful, as the leader of that particular group has claimed. I’d also love to see #BlackLivesMatter reach out to police to see if they can find ways to work together to reduce the incidents of police shootings. I’d love to see President Obama take the lead in making that happen.
That said, it’s particularly nauseating to watch O’Reilly and his other guest, the ever-smug Monica Crowley, scolding African Americans about what they should or should not be doing to improve their communities.
It’s even more disgusting when you consider that O’Reilly’s own producer, Jesse Watters, refuses to police the even stronger murder talk that goes on at Fox Nation, which he manages.
What would O’Reilly say if a #BlackLivesMatter protester offered money to assassinate a police officer or some other white person they thought was opposing them? Yet, a certain commenter has repeatedly offered money for someone to assassinate various public figures Fox regularly demonizes. That includes a threat to the sheriff of San Francisco. The threats were deemed serious enough that I got a call from the FBI about one that I reported. I do not want to publicize this person’s threats further but I will say that not only has anyone at Fox failed to condemn these threats but the guy (or gal) is still allowed to comment there and is continuing to make death threats.
Recently, The Young Turks discussed O'Reilly's comparison of #BlackLivesMatter to the KKK. TYT's Cenk Uygur highlighted the ridiculousness of O'Reilly's demands by asking why white people have not repudiated him for attacking black culture so viciously – as well as others like “Dr. Tiller, the baby killer,” who was later assassinated.
But when you consider that death threats are routine over at Fox Nation, that Fox News, itself, promoted outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy – whose group actually threatened and intimidated law enforcers – well, you have to also ask, why hasn’t Bill O’Reilly condemned Fox News?
Watch O’Reilly compare #BlackLivesMatter to the KKK, below, and The Young Turks’ commentary below that.
If I was leading a group and it’s members started to derail it into something bad, I sure would take action and remind them what the group is about. So the day I join arms with O’Reilly to fight for a common cause is the day I’ll give a damn about what he says.
Besides O’Reilly and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, how many Americans are addressing this topic that is at the core of most all the issues and social problems many Americans of African descent are today experiencing?
Speaking At The Eulogy For The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama said:
“Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.” (Applause.)
Video Excerpt from Obama Remarks Search YouTube: /watch?v=2T_GwYI7MnQ
With all due respect to my American neighbors supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, I believe your cause would better serve all Americans if your organization were to honestly, openly and compassionately address our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect, aka Poverty, that for decades has deprived untold numbers of depressed children from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.
I strongly suggest members of the Black Lives Matter target communities that for decades have embraced The Street Culture Baltimore Mom of The Year Toya Graham desperately struggled to keep her young teen son from embracing.
In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled “I”, Kendrick Lamar writes, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”
During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:
“Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says."
“I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ‘cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ’Average Joe.’”
It seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy, safe Average Joe and Josie American kid childhood.
Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick’s immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children’s way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with…nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.
It seems evident to me these PARENTAL INTRODUCED obstacles and challenges cause some developing children’s minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing OR NOT CARING ABOUT right from wrong…because as they mature, young victims of child abuse realize their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying. RESENTMENT
I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was raised in Kendrick’s family I would most likely be silently peeved at my parents for being immature irresponsible “living wild” adults who deprived me of a safe, happy childhood.
Though like many victims of child abuse, most likely I would deny my parents harmed me, seeking to blame others for the pain my parents caused to me.
I wonder how little Kendrick and his classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents? Cognitive Dissonance
Growing up during the 60-70s I listened to virtually ALL American music artists of African descent writing songs admiring, praising, respecting and loving the maternal half of our population.
I am curious to know if members and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have wondered why for the past three decades, many popular American music performers of African descent have been characterizing the maternal half of our population as *itches and *hores…essentially less than human creatures or people not worthy of respect?
Honestly, I have a feeling most BLM supporters don’t have the strength or will to face the truth about who is responsible for filling our prisons with depressed, angry, frustrated teens and young men who were victims of early childhood abuse and neglect at the hands of immature teen girls and women who irresponsibly begin building families before acquiring the skills, PATIENCE and means to properly raise a fairly happy American kid who enjoys a Safe Fun Street to play in.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke offers sound advice to all Americans, “Fix the ghetto!”
I’m with Sheriff Clarke. I believe we also need to re-examine society’s child protection and welfare laws.
I am hoping when camera technology proves its mettle in protecting police officers, as well as identifying officers who require further training or officers who have no business serving the public in a LE capacity, we will use that same technology to protect children by monitoring the common area of homes in which caregivers have established a track record for failing to properly raise, nurture and/or supervise their children.
If we do not take affirmative action to protect children, “the ghetto” will continue to thrive, fueled by poor parenting, resulting with depressed kids maturing into depressed teens and adults who often vent their angers and frustrations on their peaceful neighbors, instead of the person(s) responsible for introducing them to a life of hardship, pain and struggle.
This video depicts horrific examples of men who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect, conditioning a young teen to embrace the criminal, anti-social ‘Street Culture’ Baltimore Mom of The Year failed to protect her teen son from…not to mention representing the fear peaceful people living and WORKING in the community experience knowing depressed, angry, unpredictable teens and young adults need to vent their angers and frustrations for being introduced to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsible, “living wild” single moms and/or dads.
This is a recorded act of criminal child abuse, maltreatment and violence against…“A little girl, catching a cool breeze from an air conditioning unit in the yard, was blindsided by another child about her same age, who had evidently had some practice with fighting fierce. The small victim wasn’t alone, as there were plenty of nearby witnesses, who could have protected her but didn’t because they were too busy recording the brutal beat down and encouraging it.” | Written By Amanda Shea
On MAY 18, 2015 The New York Times reports:
Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
Who is responsible for physically and/or emotionally traumatizing children to the point young kids believe their lives are not worth living?
With all due respect to my American neighbors of African descent, the oppression of humans that led to racism and slavery has largely been replaced with a new form of human oppression that impedes and deprives many American children from experiencing a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.