Really, is there anything more obnoxious in the world than a 63-year-old white guy who obviously has extremely limited contact with black Americans lecturing us on what the first black President should have addressed last week in his remarks about Trayvon Martin? Think about this; a few years ago, Al Sharpton took him to Sylvia’s, a famous Harlem eatery, and O’Reilly expressed shock and surprise that black people used utensils and not cursing when asking for another glass of iced tea. What better person in the world to tell us about race, eh?
When it comes to race, white people would do well to shut up and listen when black people tell them what’s up. We are not in a “post-racial” society. Racism is dying, to be sure. But like every other major societal shift, it’s kicking and screaming in its death throes. And racists like O’Reilly seem perfectly happy giving the kickers and screamers something more to scream about. First off, he quotes statistics, as if mere statistics tell the story. But the statistics are wrong, anyway. They’re exaggerated, easily refutable and out of context. Given the name of this blog, I found this rant a perfect subject for “cutting the crap.” And there is a lot of crap, so bear with me.
Let’s start with this:
Many black Americans harbor at least some resentment for past injury. But what President Obama surely knows is that you cannot reach a fair criminal verdict or design effective public policy that solves present problems by dwelling on the sins of the past. “Talking Points” believes the President was correct in addressing the race issue and framing it with the Martin case. He’s the leader of America and the country is talking about this.
By the way, when you hear a pundit or politician saying we should have a quote, “conversation” about race, that means you are in for a sea of bloviating which will likely lead nowhere.
The sad truth is that from the President on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so- called “conversation,” turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.
First off, isn’t it nice of Bill-O to acknowledge that the black President was right to speak about this? This is a typical racist technique; the white guy granting permission to the black man to speak. Nice of him wasn’t it? Second of all, the only one “bloviating” here is O’Reilly. President Obama has been a black man all his life. Yes, I know; he’s half-white. But let me assure you, there isn’t a white racist in the country who can see the white part.
But how insulting is it that O’Reilly thinks he is the only one with the insight to fix the problem of race in this country. Not black people, including President Obama, but him. And that last part is offensive. It’s an absolute lie. To insinuate that black people won’t allow anyone to discuss the problems in the black community is an absurd. Do a Google search on “Problems in black community,” and there are thousands of relevant hits, and not all of them are black people. There have been thousands of studies done and books written, not that they would be in the Fox News library. There are also numerous organizations – many of which are run by the same “race hustlers” O’Reilly decries – that directly address the problems in the black community. But the number one problem black folks have is poverty. And the number one reason poverty is a problem is because of a lack of jobs and a lack of equal opportunity. Poverty is the key to everything; fix that, and most of the other problems will be solved as well.
Of course, someone like O’Reilly can’t talk about that, because his Republican Party has done more to cause that poverty than any other group in the last 32 years. Blacks made significant progress in the 1960s and 1970s, but the first thing Saint Reagan did when he took office was to gut job training and assistance programs, and put a halt to that progress. Under Clinton, government’s encouragement of private investment in poor neighborhoods sent the black middle class soaring, until Bush and the Republican Congress gutted those initiatives and then sent the economy into the toilet.
But O’Reilly was just getting started. He’s about to yank statistics from his corpulent white buttocks:
It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance. But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime, the statistics overwhelming.
But here is the headline: young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined. When presented with damning evidence like that, and like the mini-holocaust in Chicago where hundreds of African-Americans are murdered each year the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, rarely do they define the problem accurately. So here it is. The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.
There are no “buts” when it comes to profiling, especially when the person doing the profiling is not actually law enforcement. Black people are aware of the problem with homicides in their communities, and they are aware of black-on-black crime. Black people don’t look away, and they don’t make excuses. But there are some interesting questions that should be asked of people like O’Reilly, which I’ll get to a bit later on.
The “ten times” is exaggerated somewhat, but the fact is, the numbers are based on those who are caught and convicted. (Source) Like the chicken-egg dilemma, one has to wonder; do higher numbers cause profiling, or does profiling lead to higher numbers? Also, note that the overall trend among blacks is down almost as much as the trend with whites. Also, white people are more likely to be able to afford an attorney and get off, and the definition of murder is also unequal between the races, as we saw during the Zimmerman trial. And once again, there is a strong correlation between income inequality and murder rates. (Source) Blacks are poorer, and the murder rate is higher. It works the same for whites, by the way. White convicted murderers tend not to be millionaires.
Right now, about 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. That drives poverty and the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys crowing up resentful and unsupervised. When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant? Has President Obama done such an ad?
Okay, first of all, there is no correlation between being married and the murder rate, and to suggest it reveals that Bill-O isn’t speaking to reasonable people; he’s sending up flares to racist Republicans. The murder rate among blacks is higher than whites, but the difference is between 4.5 and 34 out of every 100,000. That means, even in the black community, 99.9% will not be murdered. Good luck claiming that more marriage would somehow solve that problem.
This is a typical racist trick, to somehow demonstrate that blacks are somehow less “moral,” because they have babies without the “benefit” of marriage. That’s a 19th Century standard, of course; lots of people of all races are having babies without being married. In fact, these days, black women are less likely to get married at all, they’re having fewer children than ever, and the birth rate among married couples has dropped like a rock. Combine those, and you can see why the out of wedlock birth rate is higher. (Source)
And the fact that 99% of blacks will neither kill nor be killed overall, Bill-O will have to come up with a new rationale for the higher-than-average murder rate, because out-of-wedlock births won’t cut it.
So, then Bill-O switches gears to the drug stereotype.
And then there is the drug situation. Go to Detroit and ask anyone living on the south side of the eight-mile road what destroyed their city? They will tell you narcotics. They know addiction leads to crime and debasement. But what do the race hustlers and limousine liberals yell about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs. Oh, it’s so unfair. It’s a nonviolent crime and blacks are targeted. That is one of the biggest lies in the history of this country.
The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. They sell poison, they sell a product that enslaves and kills. They are scum.
When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that? How about Jackson and Sharpton? How about President Obama?
Actually, the Republican encouragement to ship jobs overseas killed Detroit, as did the Bush recession. But let’s talk about drugs, shall we?
Again, it’s a racist stereotype to claim that blacks are more likely to abuse drugs than white people. The fact of the matter is, according to a recent study, whites are nearly twice as likely to abuse drugs as blacks. (Source) But despite this fact, a recent study shows that blacks are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use. (Source) This follows a long term trend, noted by Human Rights Watch in a report they put out several years ago, in which they noted that about one-third of the more than 25.4 million arrested on drug charges over a 28-year period were black, even though usage rates between blacks and whites were comparable. (Source)
But there is a bigger question to ask here.
Where do Bill O’Reilly and people who think like him imagine these drugs come from? Do they imagine these poor “thugs” are flying to Peru, Afghanistan and Colombia to make deals with the cartels? Or isn’t it very possible the drugs are being provided by rich white people, who give young black men the illusion of quick riches by giving them a cut? And make no mistake, folks; they’re not selling those drugs to people in their own neighborhood. The only time you will see middle and upper income white people unlock their doors in a black neighborhood is to buy drugs.
And what about those guns they’re using to kill others? We know there are virtually no gun shops in black neighborhoods; no self-respecting white NRA member would locate one there, for fear of being robbed. And only 10-15% of guns used in inner city crime are stolen. The rest of them came through purchases from licensed dealers, mostly in southern (read, Republican) states with lax gun laws.
It’s funny, really, the racist O’Reilly will say:
White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock.
But he won’t acknowledge the role that white people do play in the lives of black Americans. White people (more specifically, Republicans) have gutted or killed damn near every program designed to life them out of poverty. They try to keep them from getting good paying jobs. They continue to find a context for denying them access to “good” (read, white) neighborhoods and schools. And make no mistake, the odds are good that white people are providing most of the drugs that Bill-O claims are being abused in black communities. It’s more than a bit likely that the guns used in crime in these communities come from rich white people. And it’s mostly white people who are taking away the legal means through which black people are trying to seek equality of opportunity.
O’Reilly ended with this:
And finally, challenging the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage. Hey listen up you greed heads, if a kid can’t speak proper English, uses the “f” word in every sentence, it’s disgraceful, it’s disrespectful — it’s disrespectful in his or her manner. That child will never, never be able to compete in the marketplace of America… never. And it has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents. You’re the ones hurting these vulnerable children.
You want a conversation, you got it. You want a better situation for blacks, give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture. Work with the good people to stop the bad people. Pumping money into the chaos does little. You can’t legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment. But you can fight against the madness, with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse-making.
It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.
Have you ever listened to the typical redneck who watches Fox News religiously and believes every word? They’re the ones who can’t speak proper English (or spell, apparently, if you take a look at Tea Party signs), and they use much harsher language than just about anyone. I wonder if Bill-O realizes that white kids are just as influenced by “entertainment” as black kids. In fact, whites are just as likely to listen to hip-hop and buy int hip-hop culture as blacks. In fact, the phenomenon is global in scope. (Source)
The fact of the matter is, until all races are treated equally, both under the law and in society, blacks will be victims. Unless O’Reilly can point to complaints made by black people that have no basis in reality, he has no point to make. And given the penchant for lying that he shows in this commentary, it’s unlikely he’s ever done any actual research, or discussed anything with black people, for that matter. His commentary reads like a racist screed, so he obviously likes having them as his audience. But we tell the truth here…