Beyonce and “gangster rappers” have replaced wholesome athletes as role models for African-American youth, according to Bill O’Reilly, as Fox News’ mighty mouth pontificates about Ferguson, Mo., from his TV studio in New York. During an interview with African-American conservative Dr. Ben Carson, captured by MediaMatters, BillO ranged through nearly 70 years of athletics and popular culture:
“You remember Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. Weren’t they fabulous athletes — I idolized Willie Mays. “And what do we have now? What do we have now? Gangster rappers, you know, Beyonce. The most famous, you know, doing these videos that show these kinds of things to young, 9-,10-, 11-year-old girls?
“I mean — and it’s celebrated. It’s celebrated. You know, that’s a big change.” “American children must learn not only academics, but also civil behavior, right from wrong, as well as how to speak properly and how to act respectfully in public,” said BillO.
“If African-American children do not learn those things, they will likely fail as adults. They will be poor, they will be angry, and they often will be looking to blame someone else.”
O’Reilly morphed into an attack on another target, African-American leaders. He has, over the years, ranted against the Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and has chosen the Rev. Al Sharpton as a target during the Ferguson controversy.
“But in order to succeed in our competitive society, every American has to overcome the obstacles they face,” said BillO. “And here is where the African-American leadership in America is failing. Instead of preaching a cultural revolution, the leadership provide excuses for failure.
“The race hustlers blame while privilege, an unfair society, a terrible country. So the message is, it’s not your fault if you abandon your children, if you become a substance abuser, if you are a criminal. No, it’s not your fault, it’s society’s fault. That is the big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential.”
And no, added O’Reilly, he “does not believe in white privilege.”
An 18-year-old African-American was shot six times — once in the top of the head — in Ferguson. The body of Michael Brown lay uncovered in the street for hours. Hours later, cops allowed police dogs to urinate on an impromptu shrine erected at the spot.
The largely elderly, almost entirely white audience at Fox News is getting none of this.
Instead, pundits such as O’Reilly are railing against the behavior of African-American teenagers, African-American leaders, African-American ministers and a president who is African-American. One has even suggested, as evidence of “bias,” reporting in rival media that Brown was unarmed.
But perpetuating stereotypes works to instill fear, and fear is good for ratings.
At least one Fox commentator — Megyn Kelly — has dared to question Bill O’s denial of white privilege. Bullies need to be questioned.
Again, this man does not surprise me anymore. Notice how he pulled the “Good Negro/Negress vs. Bad Negro/Negress dichotomy, a dichotomy that is popular among conservatives whenever violence against black people occurs.
Bill is basically saying Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays are deserving of humanity while gangster rappers (he berated Jay Z and Kanye West) and Beyonce are to be dehumanized. If they’re dehumanized it’s their fault because of failure to assimilate to white, patriarchal ideals.