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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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DHS Report Haunts Fox News

If you recall, Fox News was upset about the Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremists that, as it turned out, was ordered by the Bush Administration.

Fast forward to today, in the wake of George Tiller‘s murder, which was committed by a pro-life Christian activist. We’re inundated by headlines and articles about the shooting that took place at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The alleged murderer, terrorist if you will, was James Wenneker von Brunn, an alleged white supremest who, apparently, has connections to anti-government and hate groups. In other words, another right-wing extremist.

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Boycott: Rockstar Energy Drink Managed by Michael Savage’s Family

Did you know that Rockstar Energy Drink is owned by the son of Michael Savage, a hateful and bigoted friend of Fox News who is banned from entering the UK? The beverage company, managed by Savage’s family, removed profiles of Savage and his wife from their web site when they started selling in Mexico. The company’s chairman is Savage’s wife. Here are just a few examples of some of the disgusting things done or said by Michael Savage:

  • In March 2006, Savage drew the fire of the Roman Catholic community when he accused the Roman Catholic Church of breaking federal law by giving assistance to illegal immigrants.
  • On March 28, 2006, Savage encouraged his listeners to burn Mexican flags to counter a pro-illegal immigration group that had burned American flags.
  • On his July 5, 2007 radio broadcast, commenting on students who were fasting in protest of Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform legislation, Savage declared, “I would say, let them fast until they starve to death; then that solves the problem.”
  • Savage was quoted as saying Muslims “need deportation”, and that adherents of Islam would do well to “take your religion and shove it up your behind” because “I’m sick of you.”
  • On his show and website, Savage has countered that Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is linked to terrorist organizations, and was an “unindicted co-conspirator in an anti-terrorist trial”
  • In June 2008, Savage claimed that the increasing rate of autism diagnoses was the result of “a racket” designed to get disability payments for “poorer families who have found a new way to be parasites on the government.

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Professor Who Spoke Out Against Bill O’Reilly Denied Tenure

Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins has taken on Bill O’Reilly’s racist comments and has earned himself the resentment of The O’Reilly Factor host. Unfortunately, Syracuse University has taken  Watkins’ disputes with O’Reilly in a negative light and the professor of Finance has lost his tenure.

You may recall, in 2007, the comments O’Reilly made after visiting a black-owned restaurant in Harlem:

O’Reilly spoke at length about how he “couldn’t get over” how the restaurant — black-owned, and primarily with black customers — was full of “respectful” people. He talked about how it was just like “going to an Italian restaurant” and how there wasn’t “any kind of craziness” or anyone “screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ “

At one point, O’Reilly sent a producer to Syracuse University to track down Chancellor Nancy Cantor and demand an apology for Watkins’ disagreeing with O’Reilly, who called him, “one of the worst race baiters in the country.” Cantor didn’t apologize, stating that Watkins was speaking as an individual, but that incited O’Reilly to claim that Watkins was hiding behind the university and that Syracuse University does not have academic standards.

For whatever reason the university did seem to single Boyce Watkins out, whereas they did not make similar announcement for other professors speaking as individuals at other venues. This is why, Watkins claims, his tenure request was treated unfairly. Whether or not it’s true, it does bring back to light O’Reilly’s apparent racism and some backstory of those events.

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