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O’Reilly Surprised Black People Act Just Like Other People . . .

Got this link via Media Matters, evidently O’Reilly is a bit surprised that “there was no difference” between Harlem restaurant and other New York restaurants, which led to this quote:

“And 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. It was the same, and that’s really what this society’s all about now here in the U.S.A. There’s no difference. There’s no difference. There may be a cultural entertainment — people may gravitate toward different cultural entertainment, but you go down to Little Italy, and you’re gonna have that. It has nothing to do with the color of anybody’s skin.”

It gets worse. Unbelievable that in 2007, we have a millionaire TV “pundit” giving us the “news” that, yes, black folk (the blacks) are no different than white folk, based on a restaurant. But the real gem was in the beginning . . .

“Black people in this country understand that they’ve had a very, very tough go of it, and some of them can get past that, and some of them cannot. I don’t think there’s a black American who hasn’t had a personal insult that they’ve had to deal with because of the color of their skin. I don’t think there’s one in the country. So you’ve got to accept that as being the truth. People deal with that stuff in a variety of ways. Some get bitter. Some say, [unintelligible] “You call me that, I’m gonna be more successful.” OK, it depends on the personality.

So it’s there. It’s there, and I think it’s getting better. I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They’re getting away from the Sharptons and the 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.”

So the problem isn’t that there’s been a systematic culture of bigotry and racism in America . . . it’s more that black folk haven’t been thinking for themselves, and they’ve complained too much and haven’t worked hard enough, that’s O’Reilly’s “spin” on the problem of race, is it?

Fucking hell, this guy needs to be publicly caned, don’t he?

H/T to Atrios

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