COTTO: Bill O'Reilly is right about black America

Like it or not, O'Reilly is telling the hard truth. Why does this anger so many? Photo: AP/Fox News

FLORIDA, July 31, 2013 — Last week, pundit Bill O’Reilly made several strong comments about the unfortunate quality of life in black America.

“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 on his Fox News television program. “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.

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“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.”

O’Reilly expanded on his statements, and before too long was mentioning truthful, but nonetheless controversial, facts about black America’s state of affairs.

“Right now about 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock,” he pointed out. “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?

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“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.

“But the entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangster culture, hip hop, movies, trashy TV shows to impressionable children. 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.

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“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.”

O’Reilly believes that the best way to improve black society is by calling these strongly negative social pathologies out for what they are and dealing with them in a reasonable, though not necessarily lenient, fashion.

While everyone surely has unique ideas about how bad behavior in the black community can be dealt with, it is of the utmost importance to recognize that this behavior exists in the first place.

All too often, the forces of political correctness silence any criticism of black people due to fears of racism; not even that, but mere allegations of racism. Consequently, the concept of racism no longer carries the sort of conversational weight which it once did. When to be racist means to be factual and honest about any given socioeconomic topic, then such a development should not be surprising in the least.

Most of O’Reilly’s critics, either themselves members of the black media-political establishment or supporters of it, fail to address the facts he presented. Instead, they twisted them to suit their own fancies and made generalized conclusions which support their own personal philosophies.

The honest truth is that black America has no shortage of glaring problems. The litany of excuses which are often made for these can no longer be considered anything other than bitter comedy.

The aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting has brought the black establishment’s antics to the national forefront. Untold millions of Americans and others have seen just how far black leaders are willing to go in order to play the race card — so far that calls were made for a federal civil rights investigation of George Zimmerman. This came even though he was acquitted of any legal wrongdoing in Martin’s death.

The Department of Justice recently launched an inquiry to see if Zimmerman can be prosecuted on federal charges. It seems irrelevant that the FBI cleared him of racial-motivated bigotry last year.

The bottom line is that many American blacks are not doing well compared to members of other racial groups. While no small number of politicians, pundits, and social activists eagerly chalk this up to the legacy of slavery or Jim Crow, it is undeniable that all Americans now have equal rights under the law.

Of course, equality of opportunity does not mean equality of condition. This is what seems to really irk the black establishment and its fellow travelers.

They seem to believe that nonblack Americans owe blacks something because, well, just because. This rabidly popular entitlement mentality has wreaked havoc on contemporary black culture, particularly in urban areas. It promises destitute blacks a great deal, but delivers them little other than public assistance dependency, shattered families, generational poverty, internalized anger, and dreams cast out the window.

All the while, the black establishment’s leading figures cash in on the turmoil.

This is what O’Reilly was talking about, and what he continues to mention on his program. Despite what racial grievance peddlers and provocateurs might say, the man is speaking the truth. He is not the problem by any means.

Rather, the problem is that an enormous tally of people, black and nonblack alike, wish to forsake the reality which confronts them. They choose to live in a fantasy world; one in which feelings and ideologies are of more importance than hard evidence and dystopian cultural trends.

What these dreamers fail to realize is that ignoring a problem will not make it go away. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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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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