Earlier this week, Glenn covered Bill O’Reilly’s headline grabbing ‘Talking Points Memo’ about the dire problems facing blacks in America. Chief among those problems is the breakdown of the familial unit and the consequences that has on children. His analysis was spot on, but that hasn’t stopped the race-baiters from piling on.
“I want to play just the opening couple of minutes here of the O’Reilly Factor last night,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “O’Reilly has been going off on the race‑baiters, and it is getting to be insane. I want to play the opening couple of minutes for you here in his Talking Points Memo where he was talking about the latest on what people are now saying on television and on radio. Race, I guess, leaders of their race – if that’s not racist.”
In last night’s Memo, O’Reilly highlighted Georgetown University professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson, whose ridiculous and downright offensive comments were played on the Glenn Beck Radio Program on Tuesday. Among other things, Dyson accused O’Reilly of being “surprised black people don’t throw bananas at each other or swing from trees.” Last night, O’Reilly responded:
O’REILLY: Instead of trying to come up with solutions to the disproportionate amount of violent crime caused by young African‑American men, the catastrophic high school dropout rate in the inner city, and the destruction of the traditional black family, the race‑hustlers and their sympathizers have descended into the gutter. Top gun in this tawdry display: Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson.
DYSON: We can indict the white family. There’s a lot of negativity, there’s a lot of dismissiveness, there’s a lot of crass materialism that refuses to care for the other. We can talk about the pathology at the heart of the white family.
O’REILLY: Georgetown must be very proud.
Perhaps more egregious, however, is the commentary O’Reilly unearthed from Louisiana State Representative Monique Davis, who blamed police officers for the death of black children.
O’REILLY: It gets worse. Speaking about the epidemic of murder committed by black killers in Chicago, Illinois State Representative Monique Davis said this.
DAVIS: I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been and people have whispered to me. They’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children. There’s some suspicion, and I don’t want to spread this but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing. They suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.
“Oh, my gosh,” Glenn said. “That is a representative in the State of Illinois, on radio… This is how crazy people are getting. And why?”
“Because [O’Reilly is] speaking the statistical truth,” Pat responded.
Dyson and Rep. Davis are so desperate to make this a racist issue, painting O’Reilly as a bigot who is unqualified to speak about issues within the black community. In reality, as Glenn points out, the breakdown of the family is a national issue that transcends race.
“Dads are absent,” Glenn said matter-of-factly. “And is the white family perfect? No. The white family is disintegrating as well. It is our families. That is the answer to all of our problems, political, everything. It is our families. And if we don’t put the damn cellphones down; if we don’t put the computers down; if we don’t start to connect with one another; if we don’t stop taking our kids to everything that all of their friends do. ’Well, they’re in karate, and they’re in soccer, and they’re in football, and they’re in ballet, and they’re in art school, and they’re in this, and they’re in that.’ Stop it. Stop it. What is wrong with us? Stop it. Now, obviously I’m speaking with passion because my family is at stake too. All of our families are at stake.”