Fiery O'Reilly: 'Cowardly' Leaders Ignore Real Problems in Black Communities
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly explained why grand juries give the police the benefit of the doubt when there’s an incident in a black community.
O'Reilly noted 1993 comments from Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said, "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see someone white and feel relieved."
O'Reilly said Jackson was being honest and many Americans feel uneasy in the presence of young black males, especially in the inner cities, and that fear is based upon statistics.
According to O'Reilly, African Americans make up 13% of the American population, but 36% of the prison population. White people are 63% and 33%. Hispanics are 17% and 22%.
O'Reilly said those numbers are the primary reason why grand juries give police the benefit of the doubt when there’s an incident in the black community.
"The Factor" host said there are more than 670,000 law enforcement officers in America. According to the FBI In 2013, almost 50,000 police officers were assaulted and 76 died on the job.
O'Reilly said, "We are all human beings and we all form general impressions about life. Sad to say, the over impression formed about young black males who act and speak in a certain way is negative. May not be fair, but it's reality."
"Faced with that, some police officers unfairly target young black males and those officers must be stopped. But most cops try to be fair."
O'Reilly said that politicians all know the truth - that the core problems are poor education, poor family structure and an attitude of defiance toward law enforcement - but are too cowardly to speak out.
He said that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is living in an alternate universe if he truly believes that the parental unit is unified in supporting law enforcement.
"The truth is that government cannot control personal behavior, only peer pressure and united neighborhoods can."
"When the regular folks come together and say enough. When they support the police, by turning in the violent people. When they speak out against teenage girls becoming pregnant. And when they encourage solid family values. That’s when the underclass crime problem will begin to subside," he said.
"One final thing. When you hear someone say they want to have a conversation about race, that means they want to bloviate about theory, about things that happened in America 150 years ago."
"They don’t really want to solve the problem that exists today."
Watch the Talking Points Memo above.