Bill O'Reilly Defends His Claim That Black Americans Are "Ill-Educated And Have Tattoos On Their Forehead"
O'Reilly: "The Race Hustlers, Who Apparently Have Not Walked The Streets Of Poor Neighborhoods Lately, Immediately Accused Me Of Racism"
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From the April 18 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): When Al Sharpton and his grievance lobby assert that black Americans are oppressed by a racist system bent on hurting them, he provides an excuse for a litany of apathetic and destructive behaviors. The kids struggling in a bad school, with parents who don't care, needs all the encouragement, leadership can give him or her. Not a list of historical atrocities that can cause even more bitterness for the child. The cold fact is very few political people are willing to address vexing problems by telling you the truth.
When I asked Mr. Trump how he would combat a culture among some African-Americans that scorns conventional behavior, he replied that job growth would take care of it.
O'REILLY: Now, the race hustlers who apparently have not walked the streets of poor neighborhoods lately, immediately accused me of racism. And that is why the acute problem of cultural deprivation among under classed children of all colors is never addressed. The smear merchants hammer anyone who does so. It's beyond disgraceful that powerful people look away from the real problem.
Mr. Trump is noble in his intent to create jobs and train Americans to do them. But that will require more than trade deals and rhetoric. It will require a cultural change in many working class and poor precincts. If you reject the conventional road to success, education and hard work, you'll fail in our capitalistic system, no matter what kind of outlandish promises Bernie Sanders makes. It's all about personal responsibility and motivation. And who is preaching that message? Who?
The truth is that individual motivation is being destroyed by phony politicians seeking power, by promising an endless series of entitlements to a population that's moving away from achievement and into the gimme zone. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Until that deep cultural flaw is exposed, until the phonies, race hustlers and corporate greed heads are called out, we'll continue to see big lies spouted by political deceivers and enabled by a gutless media. God help America, and that's the memo.