Bill O’Reilly is one of those characters in the conservative media whose ignorance doesn’t even really make me angry. He’s such a pompous, self-righteous egomaniac that he’ll say and do whatever he needs to as long as it gets him some kind of attention or keeps his ratings high.
But his recent rant is by far one of his best and most ridiculous. He basically attacked anyone who might dare question the actions of the United States. He called it the “grievance industry.”
What is that you ask? Well according to O’Reilly, “The grievance industry basically says that America is not a fair nation, that the deck is stacked against minorities, women, the poor, gays, atheists, Muslims — you name it. And the bad guys are white males, the Republican Party, and anybody who doesn’t buy into the grievance industry.”
He later continued, “If you are not a rich white guy, chances are you are the victim of discrimination. Therefore, we must have gender equality, race equality, sex equality, income equality, everything equality or it’s just not fair!”
If you want to see an elegant way to say something racist, look no further than these comments.
Basically any push for equality is a direct attack on “rich white males” according to O’Reilly’s logic.
The problem in this country isn’t just that we have rich people and poor people. It’s that while the vast majority of the country falls further and further behind economically, the rich continue to become richer than ever before. Our entire economy was crashed because of massive corruption on Wall Street. And what’s the method the GOP has used to “right the ship”? Pushing for cuts to programs that help the poor and middle class, all while advocating for more of the same tax cuts and deregulations that led to our economic crash in the first place.
The rich caused our economic collapse, and Republicans basically want to reward them for it while making the poor pay for it.
As far as his comments about minorities, women, atheists and Muslims, he just further solidifies the prejudice that resides within conservatives toward each of those groups.
In the minds of many conservatives, equal rights for homosexuals, women, Muslims, atheists and minorities infringes on their “right” to discriminate against these groups.
O’Reilly’s comments are just another example of how outdated and racist the Republican party truly is.