Bill O’Reilly, apparently, needed to further prove his racist tendencies, so he went on a bitter, hate-fueled, rant about the deceased Michael Jackson and Jackson’s grieving fans. Granted, the media coverage has been extreme, but what O’Reilly says is pretty disgusting in this debate with Columbia University professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

O’REILLY: Okay, then why is he being held up by the African-American community as a pillar of black America when he blanches his skin? [...]

But answer me this, if he is such a black American icon, why did he have his kids with white men?

HILL: That’s a personal matter. That doesn’t make him less black. There’s no blackness meter here. You don’t become less black when you have a white kid.

O’REILLY: You don’t become an African-American icon when you do something like that.

HILL: No, you become an African-American icon for producing the greatest music and being the greatest entertainer ever for being extraordinary humanitarian and for.

O’REILLY: No. You just become an American icon for that, not a black American icon. [...]

HILL: It’s not — oh, he is an American idol — icon. He is quintessentially American, but he’s also undeniably black. You can’t take black from him just because he has white kids.

Who the hell is Bill O’Reilly to tell anyone who can or cannot be their icons? He seems to think he has some right, or ability, to speak for black people, regardless of whether or not race was a factor in the memorial(s) and tribute(s). The only person who made this a racial issue was Bill O’Reilly.

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4 Responses to “Bill O’Reilly Debates Michael Jackson’s Blackness & Icon Status”

  1. Seems like O’Liely is upset only because of Michael Jackson’s skin color. What a sad way of judging people.

  2. Well you absolutely correct that this discussion is disgusting. Bill O ‘Reilly think because he is in television and have reputation, he can influence people to believe what he said. That’s really is a problem in modern world. People can influence other because of some jealousy.
    .-= Ruri´s last blog ..Natural Sweeteners are Better for You Than Artificial Sweeteners =-.

  3. Heights of racism.. ranting on and on about a deceased person is just sick…
    world icon or not.. he was a human.. and he deserves respect … now more than ever ..
    .-= MadBid´s last blog ..25 MadBids Package =-.

  4. first of all, this topic is so frustrating to me because michael jackson has done so much for the black community and he has expressed his black pride in many ways that go ignored.

    come see why at…..
    my blog on wordpress (
    and click on the one that says “there aren’t two michael jacksons”

    after reading everything and watching the videos, you may vomit at the thought of what bill o’reilly said and you will see mj in a black light.

    jalita moore

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