Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been accused of racism after he made comments about poverty.

“We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said on “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” radio show.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called the remarks a “thinly veiled racial attack.”

George Will was on “The O’Reilly Factor” to explain why people reacted this way to Ryan’s words.

Will said that it’s a reflex to call people racist. He said the left is also frightened of Ryan, who he called a “political talent.”

“But most important, they’re terrified of his fundamental message, which the president himself has said and social scientists have documented, that the fundamental problem is cultural,” Will said.

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Will wrote:

The family is the primary transmitter of social capital — the values and character traits that enable people to seize opportunities. Family structure is a primary predictor of an individual’s life chances, and family disintegration is the principal cause of the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

“This isn’t a white/black problem,” Will told Bill O’Reilly. “This is a cultural problem across the board.”

Watch his full explanation above.