Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Racist Bill O' Reilly insults African-Americans by being amazed that they act civil, respectful and normal

Sharpton involved again but takes no action on O’ Reilly’s comments

by Larry Simons
September 25, 2007

This is simply amazing! First, let me start out with the segment on Billo’s radio show from September 19, 2007, and then I will comment:

From the September 19 edition of The Radio Factor:

O"REILLY: “Now, how do we get to this point? Black people in this country understand that they've had a very, very tough go of it, and some of them can get past that, and some of them cannot. I don't think there's a black American who hasn't had a personal insult that they've had to deal with because of the color of their skin. I don't think there's one in the country. So you've got to accept that as being the truth. People deal with that stuff in a variety of ways. Some get bitter. Some say, [unintelligible] "You call me that, I'm gonna be more successful." OK, it depends on the personality.

So it's there. It's there, and I think it's getting better. I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They're getting away from the Sharptons and the Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They're just trying to figure it out: "Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it."

You know, I was up in Harlem a few weeks ago, and I actually had dinner with Al Sharpton, who is a very, very interesting guy. And he comes on The Factor a lot, and then I treated him to dinner, because he's made himself available to us, and I felt that I wanted to take him up there. And we went to Sylvia's, a very famous restaurant in Harlem. I had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful. They all watch The Factor. You know, when Sharpton and I walked in, it was like a big commotion and everything, but everybody was very nice.

And I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship. It was the same, and that's really what this society's all about now here in the U.S.A. There's no difference. There's no difference. There may be a cultural entertainment -- people may gravitate toward different cultural entertainment, but you go down to Little Italy, and you're gonna have that. It has nothing to do with the color of anybody's skin. …. That's right. That's right. There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, "M-Fer, I want more iced tea…….. You know, I mean, everybody was -- it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all.”


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http://clips.mediamatters.org/static/audio/oreilly-20070919-race.mp3

Let me take you through some of these quotes.

First, Billo starts out with this, “I don't think there's a black American who hasn't had a personal insult that they've had to deal with because of the color of their skin.” Thanks to you Billo, you're keeping racist America alive and well with more and more personal insults!

Then he says this, “I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They're getting away from the Sharptons and the Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They're just trying to figure it out. Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it." Blacks are STARTING to think more for themselves? As opposed to when? When they DIDN’T think for themselves? Although I despise hip hop music, isn’t that one of the signature characteristics of hip-hop? That it is a testament that this kind of music originates from original thought? I mean, what else sounded like hip-hop before hip-hop? Wasn’t Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers revolutionaries? And O’ Reilly is saying they are “starting” to think for themselves?? This statement by O’ Reilly should be highly offensive to the black community!

Then, he says he “treated Sharpton to dinner”…implying or at the very least creating the idea that Sharpton couldn’t pay himself, or that “blacks don’t treat people to dinner”. This is the implication that I got, because if O’ Reilly did not want to create that idea, why didn’t he just say “I went to dinner with him” and leave it at that?

Then, the line that takes the cake, “And I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship”. No difference “even though it’s run by blacks and has primarily black patronship?” Do I even need to EXPLAIN why this should be offensive to black people? Do I really?

Then, Loofah Boy says it was just like going into the Italian restaurants with everyone just “sitting there, ordering and having fun…no craziness at all” So, Billo is saying those black people shocked him by sitting there, ordering food like the NORMAL Italian people! My goodness Billo, they were having fun TOO? Even BLACKS?? Are you shitting me Billo? You mean to tell me there wasn’t anyone selling drugs? No one was rapping the words to “Cop Killer”? No one was waving a gun and holding up the place? WOW! Amazing! So, Billo, you mean they were REGULAR people? There wasn’t even ONE black who said, (quoting Billo) “M-F-er..I want more iced tea!” Can you believe that? Not ONE! They were actually acting the SAME as the NORMAL Italians…who NEVER EVER use profanity!

It’s simply amazing that Billo can get away with saying this, and not ONE person is offended. What Don Imus said was stupid and senseless, and it wasn’t even funny, but let’s put this in perspective. Don Imus said THREE words, “Nappy-headed ho’s”. He said it about a girl’s college basketball team. But, what Imus said was targeted at one small group of girls. What O' Reilly said was targeted at the entire African-American population. That alone makes what O' Reilly said far more offensive, and far less defendable. To defend O' Reilly's comments is to have contempt for an entire race of people.

This is not a justification for what Imus said. I am merely pointing out what Imus said in contrast to what O’ Reilly said. Should Imus have been fired? Maybe. Maybe not. That can be debated too. I have no personal problem with Imus being fired. Where my problem lies is when Bill O’ Reilly goes on the air and says things so unbelievably insulting (or what SHOULD be insulting) to the black community….saying basically that they are finally thinking for themselves, implying that every other race has already reached that plateau, and now blacks have finally caught up. Saying he is surprised that the black people in the restaurant were acting “normal” and pleasant, were having fun and ordering (like all other races would do) and they weren’t acting “crazy” “EVEN THOUGH it was owned by blacks and has primarily black patronship”!

How this asshole can say these things about black people post-Imus and then not just SAY them, but get away with it, is beyond human comprehension. The comments were as racist as you can possibly get. All O’ Reilly needed was a KKK robe and a burning cross. He already possessed the vocabulary.

The total irony here is that O’ Reilly had dinner (that HE paid for, lest we forget) with AL “Don Imus is evil for saying ‘nappy-headed-ho’s” SHARPTON! Where’s the Sharpton crusade to get O’ Reilly off the air? Wasn’t what O’ Reilly said JUST as offensive, even MORE so to the black community?

This is not the first example of someone saying something racially offensive around the time of the Don Imus firing in which Sharpton himself or Sharpton’s name was directly involved in. A few weeks before the Imus firing, Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show did a sketch in which someone pretended to be Sharpton singing a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” (to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”). It is clear as crystal that there was a personal agenda by Sharpton toward Don Imus, since there has now been at least 2 examples of right-wing personalities insulting black America with BLATANT racist comments.

Of course, on tonight’s (Sept 25) episode of The O’ Reilly Factor Billo was red hot about this and even had his FOX News bought-and-paid-for stooge Juan Williams on to bail Billo out of his blatant racist comments. All Williams did was repeat different snippets of the conversation both of them had the other day. Then, Williams LIES and tells Billo’s sheep that during the interview (between Williams and Billo) that “all you were doing Bill was dismissing the stereotypes that people have with blacks” even though this exact phrase was never used in the interview. No spin zone huh? Then Billo proceeds to attack CNN and Media Matters for simply quoting DIRECT QUOTES from his radio show!

Billo and Williams resorted to spin and deflection during the segment on tonight's Factor by mentioning things that had nothing to do with Billo's direct comments about the black restaurant patrons and owners. Billo deflects away from his comments by mentioning the bad influences of rappers and the stereotypical fear of black people in the past and present and with his grandmother being afraid of black people. This was a total deflection from the topic and both O' Reilly and Williams KNOWS it! Those black patrons and employees weren't rappers or any of the bad influences of the past, so what the hell were they talking about?

Billo also tried to play the ratings card, saying that CNN was only doing this story because their "ratings are down" and that FOX News crushes them in ratings, as if offended black people will really give a shit what cable channel has higher ratings. While telling his viewers that CNN's ratings are "abysmal", Billo neglects to tell his sheep that Rick Sanchez, during the CNN segment said that he actually likes Bill O' Reilly and he's a "fan", and that he has been flooded with calls from angry African-Americans. Of course Billo would not want to repeat the words "angry African-Americans". Why would he? That would be the TRUTH. It would have interfered with Billo and Williams' spin-job.

My question is: Where is the anger from Al Sharpton? Billo said he was even going to have Sharpton on his TV show tomorrow. I wonder how much ass-kissing Sharpton will do with O' Reilly. Will Sharpton be representing the many African-Americans offended by O' Reilly? Or will he walk in the footprints of Juan Williams and lose his integrity so he can collect a nice fat check from Rupert Murdoch?

Rick Sanchez of CNN said he had a conversation with Billo on the phone about this. Billo told Sanchez that there was no racist intent intended. Sanchez told CNN that he agreed with Billo that no racist intent was implied. I disagree and here’s why: Billo used the words I COULDN’T GET OVER the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City..” The words “Couldn’t get over” are expressing there is some surprise or shock factor that black people act the same as whites or other races of people. The surprise/shock factor clearly indicates that Billo sees blacks on a lower level than other races. If you see black people as equals, why would you be shocked?

Then Billo says, “…it’s exactly the same [the ‘black restaurant’ compared to all other restaurants]…EVEN THOUGH it’s run by blacks”. The words “EVEN THOUGH” indicate another “shock factor” Billo has with blacks being the same as other races. Could you imagine a sports commentator saying, “Ken Griffey, Jr hit the ball pretty hard, EVEN THOUGH he’s black”? He’d be immediately fired the next day and it would be national news. For Juan Williams to go on the air and defend this asshole just shows you how much power a big paycheck has over journalistic integrity.

Watch CNN's story:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oracisist is so sick even shock jocks such as opie and anthony and jimmy norton and the likes of howard stern think this prick bastard is a racist, pompus dick. cant get any lower than that? even his neo con buddy hannity is getting away from him. and thats real bad. grow up billo.