Bill O’Reilly has been very upset that African Americans have been offended by Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent comments about the “culture problem” in our “inner cities.” So how has O’Reilly reacted? By making racial attacks on African Americans. All in a day’s work of O’Reilly looking out for white people you.
In case you missed Ryan’s comments, here’s a summary, via Think Progress:
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” he said.
Ryan also cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African-Americans are, as a population, less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”
As CNN reported, the Congressional Black Caucus called Ryan's remarks “highly offensive,” Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee called it a “thinly-veiled racial attack” and even one of Ryan’s constituents took him to task. For O'Reilly, though that was yet another excuse to go on the warpath against African Americans.
Last night, O’Reilly hosted Ryan for the second night in a row of race baiting against Rep. Lee and others for taking offense. Unfortunately for O’Reilly, Ryan did not pick up the race bait. He told O’Reilly, “Look, there was nothing racial whatsoever in what I said. …So what I’d like to do… is let’s get beyond throwing baseless charges at people… and let’s have a real conversation about what we really need to do to truly fight poverty in America.”
So O’Reilly race-baited for two. He seemed impatient as Ryan spoke about “addressing these root causes of poverty” and asked, “Did Congressman Lee apologize? Congresswoman Lee apologize to you?”
No, but they’ve known each other for many years, Ryan said, “And I just wanted to clarify the point that I’ve been making…”
O’Reilly interrupted – so he could stick with attacking Lee. “How did she respond to your clarification?” As if that has anything to do with improving the culture of our inner cities - you know that issue O’Reilly claims to care so much about. “Why did she imply” Ryan was racist, O’Reilly demanded to know. “Did you ask her? …Are you mad at her? I would be.”
Ryan said he was not mad, that he’s a big boy and that “if you challenge the status quo… sometimes you’ll be misinterpreted.”
O’Reilly interrupted again, this time to go full tilt into his racial attack:
It’s intentional, Congressman. They don’t want a conversation. With all due respect to you. …They don’t want to solve the problem. These race hustlers make a big living and they get voted into office by portraying their constituents as victims and it’s all your fault and it’s my fault, it’s the rich people’s fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault.
It’s everybody’s fault except what’s going on. And what’s going on, as you know, is the dissolution of the family. And you don’t have proper supervision of children and they grow up with no skills and they can’t read and speak and they have tattoos on their neck and they can’t compete in the marketplace. And that’s what’s going on.
But if you say that, you’re a racist.
So, no matter what you say, Congressman, you’re gonna be branded because the race hustlers don’t want to solve the problem. How’s that?
How’s that? I’d say that’s the pot calling the kettle black. Especially when you consider that O'Reilly lectures people like Oprah Winfrey to just ignore racial "troglodytes" and not play a "useless" "victimhood card."
It's also worth pointing out that O'Reilly was so busy attacking Lee, he didn't seem to care a bit that Ryan had cited a guy like Murray in his original remarks. Funny, how he never asked if Ryan apologized for that.