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Bill O’Reilly Debates Michael Jackson’s Blackness & Icon Status

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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Bill O’Reilly Defends Racial Profiling in NYC

Last week, Bill O’Reilly mistakenly took on the ACLU for objecting to the use of racial profiling by the NYPD. It was actually the Center for Constitutional Rights that filed a class action law suit against the police department, but that’s not the real issue here…

O’Reilly cites a RAND study that, he says, concludes that 69% of New York’s violent crime victims describe the assaliant as black and 5% described the assaliant as white, which justifies his racial bias. What the study actually found is that, in 2007, cops arrested only 5.8% of the 472,096 people they stopped, 80% of whom were black or Latino.

Bill-O argues that the police are targeting people who are up to no good, or are acting suspicious. That would mean that over 80% of those stopped were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or they’re up to no good. But, 90% of the time the police is wrong, according to O’Reilly’s guest, Fox News Analyst Dr. Marc Lemont Hill.

Civil liberties be damned, Bill O’Reilly sums up his thoughts with more fear mongering diatribe: “If you’re going . . . you and the ACLU and all of your other left-wing friends are going to object to all of the measures that keep Americans safe . . . you’re going to have more dead people.”

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