Blow-hard extraordinaire Bill O’Reilly has some advice for Black and African Americans: wear t-shirts that say “Don’t Get Pregnant At 14” and “Don’t Abandon Your Children.” Because, you know, Black and African Americans are the only group who do that.
Papa Bear imparted his
patronizing paternalistic advice during a segment of his show with Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, Martin Luther King III, on Wednesday night.
King told O’Reilly that America needs to hear a unifying message, that should rise above the racial turmoil in this country (how about “cops shouldn’t kill young black men indiscriminately?” or “grand juries aren’t supposed to try cases?”) O’Reilly, however, interjected with his own suggestion:
Don’t abandon your children. Don’t get pregnant at 14. Don’t allow your neighborhoods to deteriorate into free-fire zones. That’s what the African American community should have on their T-shirts.
Because these issues only affect Black and African Americans?
To his credit, King didn’t attempt to debate O’Reilly head-on — a losing proposition if there ever was one. Instead, he immediately segued into a different point, noting that “it’s part of it” but “not the entirety,” before saying that Americans need to address more than police misconduct.
While that’s definitely true, you can tackle more than one problem at a time. We’re fully capable of addressing police misconduct while handling the other problems.
At least, I used to think that.
You can listen to discussion below.