Sunday, September 23, 2007

Who was I thinking for in the past?

Shocker: Black people act like people! by zuzu on Feministe, originally from Media Matters.

During the September 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing his recent trip to have dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s, a famous restaurant in Harlem, Bill O’Reilly reported that he “had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful,” adding: “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.” Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on culture, O’Reilly asserted: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.” O’Reilly also stated: “I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They’re getting away from the Sharptons and the [Rev. Jesse] Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They’re just trying to figure it out. ‘Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it.”

If you listen to the audio clip on the Media Matters page, you'll hear some classic O'Reilly gems. For instance, he thinks rap and hip hop music is different for white and black consumers "because the young white kids don't have to struggle out of the ghetto." Also, when Mr. O'Reilly went to an Anita Baker concert at Radio City Music Hall, he noticed, with a tone of surprise in his voice, that "the blacks were well-dressed" and the band was "dressed in tuxedos." According to Mr. O'Reilly, "white America" is unaware of this unaware of this excellence because they think that "[black culture] is dominated by Twista, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg."

One, who named Bill O'Reilly as the spokesperson for "white America"? Two, can I vote next time? I have a white friend (or twenty), so I'm qualified.

Ed. note: Click on the picture of the loofah for the related reference.


Samara Leigh said...

Geez, Bill is a mess on so many levels, who knows where to even begin. Sadly, he might be the only one to say it aloud, but probably isn't the only one who thinks it.

Bianca Reagan said...

So sad, samara. So sad.

Welcome to my blog, and thanks for your comment!

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Oh. My. God. He's insane! Like, clinically!

Well, I guess that's no revelation.