And how does he do it? With actual scientific research instead of the pure conjecture O’Reilly and his Fox cohorts routinely rely upon.
Watch the video, courtesy of MSNBC:
Watch O’Reilly’s original rant here, courtesy of Mediaite:
>> bill o’reilly hated that speech. hated it. he angrily took to his microphone to defend the killing of trayvon martin because “he was a stranger to zimmerman and was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals.” o’reilly’s words. then o’reilly played amateur sociologist and described what he saw as the biggest problem in trayvon martin’s world this way.
>> the reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the african- american family. right now about 73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. that drives poverty. and the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised.
>> never mind that trayvon martin was the son of a very involved and loving father. and never mind that barack obama grew up without a father and went on to do rather well for himself and be a credit to his single mother.
>> and it has nothing to do with slavery. it has everything to do with you hollywood people and you derelict parents.
>> derelict parents. nothing to do with slavery. the struggles of black america have nothing to do with slavery in bill o’reilly’s very narrow and uneducated mind. the first government report that analyzed family structure in black america was written in 1965 by daniel patrick moynihan for president lyndon johnson to urge the president to action in the war on poverty. the moynihan report’s analysis on slavery compared american slavery to brazilian slavery, which lasted 20 years longer than slavery in other countries. it also compared american slavery to other countries to make the point that american slavery was “the most awful the world has ever known.” the moynihan report began with slavery. began with slavery in its analysis of black family structure in this country. the report then had a separate section on reconstruction and on jim crow and the particular agonies that were then reserved for black men. the report went on to consider what isabel wilkerson’s masterful book calls “the great migration.” the moynihan report went on at length about unemployment and poverty and how no group has suffered more in the employment market than black men. harvard sociologist william julius wilson tells that story movingly and with scholarly rigor in his important 1997 book “when work dispears.” professor wilson and his friend, the former harvard professor moynihan, would never consider discussing or analyzing family structure in the black community if that discussion did not begin at slavery and include all the dynamic factors, good and bad, that have shaped the black american experience since slavery. and unlike bill o’reilly, they have both praised the determination and creativity that most black women have brought to mothering, including single mothers. and in our next segment i will have the honor of introducing you to two young black men bill o’reilly has never met. they went to high school together in jackson, mississippi. now one is at harvard and the other is at yale. they will both tell you why they owe their success to their heroic single mothers. [