It’s the argument of racists, or ignorant people who refuse to acknowledge the fact that blacks and other minorities suffer considerably more profiling and sometimes death from some police officers. And that argument, that blacks kill blacks was on full display last night on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor.
Bill O’Reilly was interviewing Russell Simmons and the two were “discussing” the recent Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions, when O’Reilly chimed in his ignorant talking point: “You are not acknowledging, astronomical crime rate among black men,” as if the fact that blacks die at the hand of other blacks, mean police brutality against the rest of the community is okay. Simmons came back with the argument that war on drugs program has also been detrimental to the black and minority communities.
But Reilly wasn’t hearing none of it, and the discussion quickly sunk to levels more familiar to Fox News and the O’Reilly Factor. “You have not been there condemning the black drug gangs for gunning down 13- and 14-year-old kids,” O’Reilly shot back at Russell, still trying to justify police brutality because “blacks kill blacks.” After the show reached the doldrums O’Reilly wanted, he told his guest, “You are so desperately wrong it pains me to talk to you.” Simmons shot back, “I feel the same way about you.”