If you created a list of things the Republicans were afraid of, what would you put on that list? Science and education, obviously. Honesty, the truth? Would African-Americans appear on that list? It does on Bill O’Reilly’s.
While arguing with PBS counterpart Tavis Smiley on Thursday, the King Blowhard of Spin himself noted it wasn’t so much apathy that keeps the Republicans away from the African-American vote as it is being intimidated.
According to Bill O, the Republicans are “more intimidated than uncaring” towards African-Americans, because the “white power structure of the Republican Party” is afraid of Black Americans. O’Reilly went on to explain that:
They don’t know how to treat them, how to speak to them, they don’t know anything about the culture, and they don’t want to be called a racist bigot, so they stay away.
There’s one sure fire way to not get called a racist bigot, and that’s not being a racist bigot.
Smiley asked O’Reilly why that made the Republicans scared, rather than making overtures to understand. O’Reilly being O’Reilly, he cut off Smiley halfway through and interjected his own opinion, stating that the GOP leaders didn’t feel like the outreach effort was “worth the trouble,” since they were only going to draw a few voters anyway.
The fireworks began, however, when they revisited the argument that “white privilege” isn’t to blame for the struggles of African-Americans to get ahead. Rather, O’Reilly blamed the “disintegration” of the Black family.
Smiley countered that “there are more white folk in poverty” than “there are African-Americans,” and that “The new poor in this country are the former middle class.” He cited statistics from the Census Bureau showing that one out of every two Americans is either close to poverty or in poverty, noting that “That ain’t a Black or brown problem. That’s an American catastrophe.”
Or a hypercapitalist success story, since there’s no way to tell the difference between the two.
You can watch the segment below.