One day after Bill O’Reilly revealed he thinks President Barack Obama has a “grievance against whites,” he “just asked” if the reason General Colin Powell endorsed Obama is because they both benefited from affirmative action. Guest and Fox News contributor Arthel Neville smacked down O’Reilly but good.
O’Reilly: General Powell has been, in his books, quite candid about him using affirmative action to succeed, alright, and Barack Obama did use affirmative action to, you know, be educated and something like that. Do you think that there is any racial business here?
O’Reilly: And I’m not saying that pejoratively. I’m not saying that in a negative… But a connection – the general and the president came up the same way.
Right, he doesn’t mean it in a negative way, he’s just wondering if the guy who has a racial grievance was endorsed by another black guy merely because they’re both black and both benefitted from affirmative action. Incidentally, O’Reilly believes affirmative action gives minorities an unfair advantage over whites.
Neville was great at smacking down O’Reilly. She said,
Neville: Does that mean that if Mike Huckabee supports you, is it racism? Absolutely not… I understand what you’re trying to say there, Bill, but I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to General Powell, it’s disrespectful to the president… You can’t take such a pedigree and try to dilute it to pigmentation.
O’Reilly: You don’t think shared experience enters into General Powell’s endorsement?
Neville: You’re telling me that if President Obama had not done a good job, that Colin Powell, General Powell would have supported President Obama regardless? Absolutely not.
O’Reilly: No, I’m saying that he might be cutting him a little more slack… It’s just a provocative question which is what I do here.
He looked chastened.
Why does Billdo turn into a stereotype spewing machine whenever there is a black person sitting in front of him? Marc Lamont Hill gets the same stupid bigoted “just asking” racially divisive questions.
Stay classy Bill.
Arthel Neville – THANK YOU for smacking his disrespectful argument down with clear headed logic. I so wish that FOX “news” had more commentators like you.
I don’t know if NHs still has its “Top Dog” designation but, if it does, Arthel Neville deserves it.
Among other stunts, they sent a top diplomat to Niger (Africa) to investigate reports that yellow cake was being produced for export to Iran. He came back and refused to confirm the reports (the documents had been forged and there were no signs of any such production on the ground). Elements within that administration punished him by outing his wife who was a covert CIA agent thereby endangering years of undercover work with local informants throughout the middle east. Pro-American elements throughout the middle east probably disappeared as a result of that act of treason by elements within the Bush Administration.
Colin Powell, being a soldier through and through, has said little to nothing about his time in office. Colin Powell’s CV tells me skin color has little if anything to do with his endorsement of Obama.
PS: I trust that your pink slip will be in the mail by start of business on Friday November 9th, 2012,
Yet more proof that Bill is unable to think beyond a very tiny fenced-in yard in his head: Jesus actually did that sort of thing when he spoke respectfully with Maria Magdalena. The narrow minded were shocked, shocked I tell you.
Bill: I trust that your pink slip is being processed asap.
First off, affirmative action is wrong when it helps African-Americans. (Except when those African-Americans are die-hard dyed-in-the-wool conservative loons like Allen West, Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas. Bear in mind the only reason the last man got his current job was because he was replacing the great Thurgood Marshall.)
Then, if whites vote for an African-American Democrat, they’re just “liberals” voting out of “white guilt.” But if/when whites vote for an African-American Republicon, it’s “proof” that they’re not racists.
And finally, if an African-American Democrat says something that O’Reilly vehemently disagrees with, he’s to be pilloried on every occasion. But, if an African-American Republicon says something that O’Reilly vehemently disagrees with, he’s either pitied or he’s treated politely and it’s a case of “let’s agree to disagree.”