Without a doubt, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is one of the most arrogant and egotistical media personalities on television. The guy’s whole show is basically a shrine dedicated to how amazing everything he thinks and says is. While I wouldn’t say he’s more vile than someone like Rush Limbaugh, he’s definitely pretty close. He’s occasionally been known to call out a Republican, but he’s mostly a total and complete hack for the Republican party. He’ll claim that he’s just “telling it how it is” – as long as you agree that his opinion is the standard-bearer for defining “how it is.”
But one thing O’Reilly is known for is some rather controversial remarks about the African-American community. His basic feeling is that “racism” is no longer really an issue, and that black people themselves are mostly responsible for holding themselves back.
Recently the Fox News host experienced quite a lot of criticism when, during an interview with Donald Trump, he asked the leading presidential frontrunner how he was going to employ African-Americans when “many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.”
Shockingly, O’Reilly didn’t think what he said was racist. He doesn’t comprehend that generalizing one entire race to a very specific, degrading stereotype (especially when all races could actually fit his description) is, in fact, extremely racist.
This triggered a rather unhinged rant on Tuesday night where he basically said that he finds it absurd that people won’t call out black culture and that it’s ignorant to say that he’s a racist for saying very racist things.
“The race hustlers immediately accused me of racism,” O’Reilly said. “And that is why the acute problem of cultural deprivation among under-class children of all colors is never addressed. The smear merchants hammer anyone who does so.”
According to O’Reilly, if you’re someone who thinks generalizing African-Americans as “ill-educated” with “tattoos on their foreheads” is racist, you’re nothing but a smear merchant and a race hustler.
He also went on to say that the only path to success is the “conventional road” and anyone who charts a different course will fail. Then he mumbled his usual rhetoric about personal responsibility and motivation.
So, not only are African-Americans “ill-educated” with “tattoos on their forehead,” but apparently anyone who isn’t successful just isn’t motivated or driven enough to take personal responsibility for themselves or their families.
You hear that… the millions of Americans working full-time jobs who still rely on government assistance to help them survive? It’s time you people “take personal responsibility” for yourselves and get motivated to work. Clearly your lack of success is entirely based upon your work ethic, not the fact that, for many people in this country, the deck is stacked against them from the moment they’re born.
I can tell you, as someone who grew up dirt poor, my path in life has been much more difficult than someone who was born into a well-off family where much of their life was handed to them on a silver platter. I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me, but I’ve always found it ludicrous that there are people who really feel that everyone in this country is born equally and with the same opportunities.
Anyone who really believes that is living in a fantasy land.
I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes and check out the whole rant. You can tell by his tone and body language that he really doesn’t get how ignorant he is about racism in this country – especially structural racism.
Then again, Bill O’Reilly has based a good part of his career on showcasing what a fabulously successful ignorant jackass sounds like.
Watch his comments below via Fox News:
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