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  •  A conservative friend sent me (11+ / 0-)

    the Bill O'Reilly video here was my response:

    Wow, you really need to stop listening to this guy. Bill O'Reilly is an entertainer who makes millions from playing you for a sucker. People like Bill are the problem and this was one of the most offensive 7min 40secs. I've seen in a while.

     If there is anyone in the world who truly knows and understands the plight of the African American people and their communities it must be a rich white dude on FOX. How bold of Bill to tell a mixed race President of humble single mother beginnings how wrong his whole life has been and how the President's own personal life experiences are not valid.

    What was truly brilliant about O'Reilly's nearly 8 minute tirade of misinformation is that it panders to his viewers by supporting their biases and prejudices while fictitiously letting them believe that his hate-filled rant was some sort of "tough love" moment of genuine concern.  

    Have things in the past 30 years gotten slightly better for African Americans? yes. Does that mean we currently live in a post racial society that should ignore the transgressions of our past? absolutely not. What the President was lending with his impromptu speech was insight and an opportunity for empathy. A moment that should have allowed all Americans to reflect and consider the realities of what it means to be a person of color in this nation. A reality that all people of color know all too well.

    But of course the conservative right wing media can't have that, they make too much money off of division. So they send out their usual line of suspects (Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Pat Buchanan) to gin up the racial tension and remind the "white establishment" (as Bill likes to say) how they are losing control and that the melting pot, that is America, is getting browner. Do they celebrate the amazing diversity this country has? no they lament the inevitable loss of their power and influence.

    I'm fine with the idea of talking about "race" and its implications in America. But that is not what Bill is doing here. He is just looking for scapegoats, seeking to lay blame for all of the country's ills on a group of people who have been continuously victimized. He is pandering to his conservative white audience assuring them that none of these things are their fault nor should they feel responsibility to be apart of a solution for some of the real problems in our communities of color. All in hopes of generating enough outrage amongst conservatives that they may cling to the hopes of retaining their current influence in society.

    Our President addressed the country at a time of division. He sought to bring us together and help us to better understand one another. He upheld the values of our court system and asked only that we look at things from another perspective so that we can learn from each other and continue towards a more united, stable, and prosperous country for everyone. That’s the American dream. That’s what this discussion should be about.

    “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”-Freya Stark

    by in2mixin on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:23:51 PM PDT

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