Just a few days ago, Bill O’Reilly showed several clips from Beyoncé videos and said something along the lines of, “Shame on you Beyoncé. You’re not empowering women. Look at all the teen/unplanned pregnancies in the black community!”
(Bill O’Reilly just wants to keep young black girls on the right path. Such a kind heart. <3)
“Disgraceful,” said my grandfather, who was next to me on the couch. Fox News is a favorite channel at his house.
Frowning and perplexed, I refrained from trying to question Bill O’Reilly through the TV screen. Instead, I’ll present my thoughts here.
Bill O’Reilly apparently criticized Beyoncé out of concern not only for young impressionable women, but out of concern for the black community. I’ve noticed that O’Reilly and Fox and a lot of news sources in general are quick and almost happy to point out problems they observe as belonging to “the black community.” Violence in the black community. Poverty in the black community. Abuse in the black community. Pregnancy, abortion, sex. You get the idea— you just take any problem you can think of, and you add “in the black community.”
So…where’s the concern for the issues of the white community?
I’m serious. Most of these newscasters are white, aren’t they? And just look at what’s been in the news lately:
-that Clippers guy, his rant and how he was just banned from the NBA
-that Bundy guy (really, how could anyone defend a guy named Bundy?) and his racist remarks
–this racist letter distributed in a neighborhood in Denver
-the KKK launching a neighborhood watch initiative. I sure do feel safer now!
How can you look at this and not see the ENORMOUS problem here?
Why isn’t Bill O’Reilly calling on the white community to call friends out on their racism, to discourage family members from associating with organizations like the KKK, to tell their children exactly why Cliven Bundy and Don Sterling’s remarks were so wrong? Forget the black community for minute, Fox, and take a look at all those aging white viewers you’ve got. There’s a definite problem, and instead of trying to solve it, the white community is just looking the other way, pretending these current events and remarks are all isolated incidents.
The closest any news source seems to have come to doing this is CNN, who seems to want to help the KKK change its image. You’re right CNN— we don’t need to abolish the KKK, we just need to rebrand them and make them “new”!
As my grandfather would say, it’s a disgrace!
Fellow white people, please join me in my concern. There is a problem here, and it’s OUR racism. If we are the mainstream, if we are the majority, shouldn’t we be striving to set a good example? We can’t continue to let these kinds of attitudes permeate and represent our community.
**And on a personal note, Bill O’Reilly— if you’re concerned about unplanned pregnancies, why aren’t you more concerned about access to contraception and less concerned about deprecating black female sexuality?