COTTO: Black American 'leaders' are wrong about Bill O'Reilly

The truth is not always welcome, it seems. Photo: Associated Press

OCALA, Fla., August 1, 2013 — Leading figures from our country’s black media-political establishment are none too happy with pundit Bill O’Reilly these days.

This is because of his statements about the unfortunate state of affairs throughout much of America’s black community. O’Reilly began this criticism on his Fox News television program well over a week ago, and has not let up since.

“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,” he declared last Monday. “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.

“So many in power simply walk away leaving millions of law abiding African-Americans to pretty much fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods. You want racism? That’s racism.”

MSNBC television host Chris Hayes, a white fervent supporter of the aforementioned establishment, had much to say about this.

A Raw Story transcript of his screed, which took place last Friday, goes like this: “For people like Bill O’Reilly, there is a zero sum of concern, here. For him, this really isn’t about his interest in helping the actual human beings being killed on Chicago’s South Side. No. It’s about making a point. A point about the propensity of black people to commit violence, and then tossing them aside as violent people with ‘little discipline’ who are ‘unsupervised’ and ‘prone to imitate bad behavior.’”


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There’s more.

“There are about 200 million white people in America, making up about 63% of the population. In 2010, 1,179 white people were killed by black people,” Hayes illustrated. “Compare that number to the roughly 20,000 white people who died from accidental poisoning, 16,000 who died from accidental falls that year, or the 2,000 or so white people estimated who died from accidental drowning. In other words, Bill O’Reilly, you have more reason to be afraid of your own swimming pool than any young black man you see in a hoodie.”

Hayes’s statistics are indeed accurate, but presented in a deceiving fashion. He mentions raw numbers, but not per capita ones. When the latter are considered, it becomes apparent that a higher percentage of whites are killed by blacks than the other way around. 

This isn’t even mentioning other forms of violent crime, along with theft and drug-related misdeeds.

Hayes then broadcast a scene from the film “American History X”, in which the neo-Nazi lead character talks about black criminality. This, of course, was done to draw parallels between O’Reilly’s views and those of the Nazi’s.

Rather than inviting a guest who would challenge his views, Hayes spoke with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, one of the House’s foremost black leftists. 

According to Raw Story, she said that “(t)hese are recycled arguments which don’t get to the real root of the issue. First of all, racial profiling, disparate treatment in the criminal justice system.”, later adding that “(w)e have not dealt with the structural issues in this country when it comes to institutional racism.” 

On another MSNBC program, this one hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, who has a white mother and black father, Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson had a few words of his own.

Glenn Beck’s website transcribes these as follows: “Asking for equal attention paid to crises at a time of enormous distress for our vulnerable children to be assisted, so Mr. O’Reilly, I would love to have that conversation about protecting yourself behind white picket fences. Come in the streets where you went to Sylvia’s and were surprised black people don’t throw bananas at each other or swing from trees.”

Yet another MSNBC personality, namely Al Sharpton, who is arguably the pillar of America’s modern black establishment, accused O’Reilly of “promoting racial division”. This came after O’Reilly called him a “race hustler” whose “day is done”.

Going back to O’Reilly’s original comments about black America, who can earnestly refute him when he points out that “(r)ight now about 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock. That drives poverty. And the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing 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? How about Jackson or Sharpton? Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that? How about the PC pundits who work for NBC News?

“White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock. That’s a personal decision; a decision that has devastated millions of children and led to disaster both socially and economically. So raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. 

“Nobody forces them to do that; again, it is a personal decision.”

In a predictable twist of irony, the personal decisions of the black establishment only prove O’Reilly to be correct. Their attempted refutation of him by way of hysterics, generalized remarks designed to conjure anger, deceitfully selecting and reporting data, as well as much more tells of intense desperation and, on the deepest level, fear.

They do not fear O’Reilly so much as the truth which he speaks. Dealing with the truth about the plethora of problems facing black America is surely as foreign to them as voting Republican.

On that note, why not close with a few more words from O’Reilly’s now-infamous speech?    

“(T)he entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangster culture, hip hop, movies, trashy TV shows to impressionable children,” he pointed out. “In fact, President Obama has welcomed some of the worst offenders in that cesspool to the White House when he should be condemning what these weasels are doing. 

“These so-called entertainers get rich while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves.”

“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.”

Lies, lies, and more lies. They seem to be quite the trend when it comes to talking about black America’s troubles. Perhaps this trend is finally going out of style.

For reason’s sake, let’s hope this is the case.


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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