Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Doubles Down On His Claim That White Privilege Is A ‘Big Lie’

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Ever since protests took off in Ferguson in the aftermath of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown’s shooting death at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, has used his program to preach to and criticize African-Americans about their culture. Earlier this week, he finally got called out on it by, of all people, Megyn Kelly. The Kelly File host was on O’Reilly’s program to discuss Ferguson and race relations in this country. To O’Reilly’s surprise, Kelly stated that white privilege is real and something that blacks in this country deal with on a regular basis.

Below is video of that encounter, via YouTube’s Michael Hausam:

 

 

Of course, it being Kelly and all, it wasn’t like she gave a full-throated defense of the notion that racism and the existence of white privilege are the overlying reasons behind the issues many blacks face in this country from birth. She made sure to blame President Obama’s policies and other facts, while simultaneously relying solely on raw statistics. Still, it was interesting to see a colleague of O’Reilly’s take him to task for being completely dismissive of the real-life problems that the African-American community deals with on a daily basis.

However, this is O’Reilly we are talking about, and he wasn’t going to let this rest. Especially when he saw how much coverage Kelly’s takedown of him got the following day. Therefore, Tuesday night, BillO decided he needed to whitesplain to everybody, but especially blacks, why white privilege does not exist and how too many African-Americans are using it as an excuse to not take any responsibility for their lives. He also decided to bring Asian-Americans into the discussion because in O’Reilly’s mind, one minority group is directly comparable to another minority group.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Fox News:

 

 

Media Matters transcribed the most relevant portion of O’Reilly’s ‘Talking Points’ segment. (Emphasis mine)

O’REILLY: Talking Points does not, does not believe in white privilege. However, there is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding in our society than whites do.

[…]

American children must learn not only academics but also civil behavior, right from wrong, as well as how to speak properly and how to act respectfully in public. If African-American children do not learn those things, they will likely fail as adults. They will be poor. They will be angry, and they often will be looking to blame someone else. One caveat, the Asian-American experience historically has not been nearly as tough as the African-American experience. Slavery is unique and it has harmed black Americans to a degree that is still being felt today.

But, in order to succeed in our competitive society, every American has to overcome the obstacles they face. And here is where the African-American leadership in America is failing. Instead of preaching a cultural revolution, the leadership provide excuses for failure. The race hustlers blame white privilege, an unfair society, a terrible country. So the message is, it’s not your fault if you abandon your children, if you become a substance abuser, if you are a criminal. No, it’s not your fault, it’s society’s fault. That is the big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential. Until personal responsibility and a cultural change takes place, millions of African-Americans will struggle, and their anger, some of it justified, will seethe.

 

O’Reilly, culture warrior, has never figured out that he has no relevant life experiences or interactions with the black community to justify his constant sermonizing about what African-Americans need to do to improve their lot in American society. He sits in his perch from up high and preaches to blacks about their culture, their way of life, their community, while never even bothering to truly find out how the other half lives. He is an old, right, rich white guy who lives in an upscale neighborhood in Long Island. He also grew up on Long Island and attended private schools during his childhood.

However, if you ask O’Reilly, he will talk about how he’s earned everything he has achieved and grew up living a hard-scrabble life. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and is a perfect example of a self-made man. His complete lack of self-awareness regarding race issues in this country is astonishing. Worse, he is paid millions of dollars a year to commentate about topics such as this, which his audience of old, angry white people lap up like dogs at the water bowl. For O’Reilly’s racist followers, they just want to be told that blacks are whiny, irresponsible and want to blame all of their p[problems on white people.

It is really easy for O’Reilly to pontificate about black culture from his television studio or gated community. I’d like to see him actually go to a predominantly black neighborhood, experience first-hand for himself the effects of white flight, and then talk down to the residents there about the need for a cultural shift. But we all know that is never going to happen. Instead, we’ll just see more of what we saw Tuesday night.

13 Replies to “Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Doubles Down On His Claim That White Privilege Is A ‘Big Lie’”

  1. HorseFeathers you Twit!…Yeah this from the White Man who ordered the cold blooded MURDER of Dr. Tiller. And no charges were ever filed against Bill-O The Clown.

  2. I would love for him to have a twilight zone moment where he wakes up one day as a black man and has to experience what he ignorantly knows nothing about.

  3. First things first.
    Don’tcha think it’s time to stop calling it
    Fox ‘NEWS’?? I personally dropped the
    ‘News’ part altogether. It’s not a News
    channel at all and everyone knows it.
    Second,
    Wouldn’t it be GREAT if everyone simply
    ignored them? Completely ignored them?
    Think about it this way, we just don’t use
    or say the ‘F’ (Fox) word anymore!
    By writing about them, talking about them,
    giving them ANY attention at all, we give them
    publicity. We make them more than what they are.
    Aren’t we ALL tired of stories about the latest
    outrageous thing, Fox has said?
    It’s just the same story,
    different day..

    @WILLDYE4U

  4. Agreed, it is not fox news, its more like fox 24/7 President bashing with bimbos on parade for the old guys. Nothing but lies fed to the unthinking pervs who salivate for Billos constant “stories” of young women on the beach or Beyoncey with her beautiful family. Fox hates all women who wont whore themselves out for Roger.

  5. I wish Ice Cube’s show where whites were transformed into blacks for a period of time was still airing. I’d like to see OReilly, Hannity, Doocy, Sorbo, Page, and others experience what it’s like to live in a black person’s shoes for a week. If this could be done, I imagine the ratings would be sky high. I recall that many of the whites who participated had different views of what it means to be black in America by the time their experience ended. Sitting on the outside, making judgments about those whom you don’t understand is easy. I pay no attention to those like O’Reilly who have always had the upper hand in this country and have no empathy for others. They view the world from their perspective and are unable to put themselves in others’ place. This, more than anything, tells me they’re incapable of engaging in any discussion about race, bigotry, and racism. Trying to discuss these issues with them is like talking to a tree stump. They already know everything about everythin…

  6. A lot of white guys get very defensive when people bring up their privilege. Not me though, I thank God every day I was born a white male. I’m extremely proud of that.

  7. White privilege is you can have an armed protest over breaking the law, point your weapons at law enforcement and get celebrated by some in the media and some government officials

    Now if you are a person of color you can have a peaceful protest and then this happens

    What It Was Like Living Under Police Occupation in Ferguson
    Ferguson, Missouri—Three Mondays ago, Glenn Robinson was walking toward a protest at the end of his street when his eyes started to sting and his throat swelled up. Robinson, 63, immediately recognized the sensation. He first encountered tear gas more than four decades ago during basic Army training for the Vietnam War. But this time it was Robinson’s local police, not his fellow soldiers, that had fired the chemical weapons.
    Read More
    http://www.thenation.com/blog/181366/what-it-was-living-under-police-occupation-ferguson#

  8. Bill: “Talking Points does not, does not believe in white privilege. However, there is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding in our society than whites do.”

    THAT is actually EXACTLY what white privelege is!!!

  9. “Talking Points does not, does not believe in white privilege. However, there is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding in our society than whites do.”

    THAT is actually EXACTLY what white privelege is!!!

  10. White privilege from the day he was born. Here is some of the history of the place where O’Reilly grew up:

    Levittown was designed to provide a large amount of housing at a time when there was a high demand for affordable family homes.[8] This suburban development would become a symbol of the “American Dream” as it allowed thousands of families to become home owners. But Levittown would also become a symbol of racial segregation. The discriminatory housing standards of Levittown were consistent with government policies of the time.[9] The Federal Housing Association allowed developers to justify segregation within public housing. The FHA only offered mortgages to non-mixed developments which discouraged developers from creating racially integrated housing. In accordance with this policy, the buying agreement signed by all those who purchased homes in Levittown stated that the property could not be used or rented by any individuals other than those of the Caucasian race.[10] Be…

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