Bill O’Reilly Needs to Saddown Wherever We Sent Don Lemon

Bill-OReillyYes, I said “saddown.” In the black church, saddown is what the elderly church mothers tell the kids who can’t keep their seats in the pews. I sent Don Lemon to have several seats weeks ago. Now, I am sending Bill O’Reilly. Why? Because he is one of many out-of-touch Caucasians who professes to have the secret recipe for curing the ails of all black people. He claims that “gangster rappers” like Kanye and Jay-Z need to cool it a bit to help redeem the black persona. Yes, he considers Yeezy and Hov “gangsta.” So, like I said, saddown.

O’Reilly has been laying on the anti-black rhetoric thick recently. But, this one was especially egregious because he was talking to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s Senior Advisor in the White House. In the spot, he was addressing President Obama’s new initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” The black life expert began by telling President Obama, a black man, and the First Lady, a black woman, exactly how he, an affluent white man, would address the plight of young black men. He attributes problems in the black community to the breakdown of the “traditional family.”┬áHere are O’Reilly’s five ways to fix black people.

1. Teach at-risk children to read

2. Provide individual mentors for every child lacking “guidance at home”

3. High profile Americans should go on television and online media to warn young people about the cruelty of having out-of-wedlock babies

4. Local business people need to hire young people for summer jobs and internships

5. Law enforcement needs to convince young people they “are not the enemy”

Wow. Bill O’Reilly is so in touch with young people of color. He knows that “at-risk” is synonymous with illiterate, un-parented, pregnant, unemployed, and criminal. Oddly though, he presents no facts as the basis for his assertions. He probably doesn’t have to rely on facts since his audience is comprised of mouth-breathing, counter-factual, impressionables just waiting to be poured into by their “wise” leader.

Then, when speaking with Ms. Jarrett, O’Reilly started in on “gangstas.”

“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it. Now, I submit to you that you’re going to have to get people like Jay-Z and Kanye West, all these gansta rappers to knock it off.”

Perhaps the funniest part of this assertion of Jay-Z and Kanye’s gangsta status was the drawl with which O’Reilly said it. Jay-Z was “Jay-zeeeee.” Kanye West was “Kanye Wessssssst.”Because when you lengthen the sound of the letters they sound more menacing. The show posted the two men’s pictures with only the word “rapper” next to the images. O’Reilly really has an issue with these guys in their “backwards hats” too. You know, like the one’s from New Jack City. He then identified “athletes, gangsta rappers, and ‘tattoo guys'” as potential sources for turning around the black plight.

O’Reilly failed to mention that Jay-Z is a well-established businessman and Kanye West was a producer before he was a rapper. O’Reilly basically asserted that everyone needs to come on his show to turn around issues facing the black community. Why? Well, because every black kid in America has Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” programmed into their favorites of course.

Honestly, this “interview” was bogus as hell. I applaud Ms. Jarrett for keeping a straight face for most of the interview. In the meantime, I say we find out wherever the hell we sent Don Lemon and send Bill O’Reilly, his brother from another racist mother, there too. We’ll look him up as soon as we need advice from a know-nothing television actor whose claim to fame is one hundred percent predicated on his ability to manipulate the thoughts of simpletons.

Watch the full interview below:

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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD is a co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Water Cooler Convos. She is a native of Oakland, CA. Jenn is a radical Black feminist scholar who believes none of us are free until all of us are free.