Any time Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly square off in some kind of debate, it’s always must-see television. And while I’m not really a fan of O’Reilly, I’ll give him credit for being one of the few conservative media personalities that has the courage to actually go on The Daily Show.
Well, Stewart didn’t beat around the bush and went right after O’Reilly for his insistence that there’s no such thing as “white privilege.”
“You are carrying more of a burden as a black person in this country than a white person in this country,” Stewart said. “Individually, they don’t stop and frisk Wall Street bankers, even though they’ve done far more damage to the economy.”
“There has been a systemic… systemic, systematized subjugation of the Black community. Would you not agree with that?,” he asked.
“That was then, this is now,” O’Reilly replied. “Maybe you haven’t figured out that there is no more slavery, no more Jim Crow, and the most powerful man in the world is a black American, and the most powerful woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey, is Black.”
This assertion that because President Obama was elected suddenly means that racism is now dead in America is ridiculous. If anything, the election of our nation’s first black president brought to the public eye a lot of racism that had been mostly kept private for the last few decades. There’s pretty much no denying that the tea party is largely driven by the fact that many Southern (or rural) conservative white people simply don’t like the fact that a black guy is in charge.
And I’m not exactly sure that I would agree that Oprah is “the most powerful woman in the world.”
They ended the debate with an intense back and forth that bordered on an all-out shouting match and neither side seemed to understand where the other was coming from. I would transcribe it, but it’s just a lot of back and forth that you would really just have to watch to grasp the tone between these two. But it’s definitely something everyone should check out.
These are the kinds of debates I wish we had more of among political pundits in the media. I would love to see some of the key members of the liberal and conservative media go head-to-head to support their views against quality opposition. Much like we saw during this debate last night.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: