'Really Insulting': O'Reilly Takes on Samuel L. Jackson's Song on 'Racist Police'
Bill O’Reilly tonight slammed actor Samuel L. Jackson for “jumping on the grievance train.”
He is seen on video singing, “I can hear my neighbor cryin,' 'I can't breathe.’ Now I'm in the struggle, and I can't leave. Calling out the violence of the racist police, we ain't gonna stop 'til people are free.”
O’Reilly said that Jackson was raised by his grandmother, with no father present. He was poor and lived in an all-black neighborhood, eventually finding his way to Morehouse College. That’s where O’Reilly said he associated with black militants and was so radical that the FBI investigated him in the 1960s.
Now, O’Reilly said Jackson has made more than 100 movies and is a wealthy man.
"With all due respect, rather than diminish his country, Mr. Jackson should be trying to make it better. His message could be that if I can succeed, so can you.”
O’Reilly noted that African Americans have it much tougher than white Americans.
"It's true, historical injustice has affected the black experience in America, but this country now offers a pathway to success for everybody, and while injustice must be dealt with, the message of opportunity and America’s basic nobility should be on the backside of every one of those ‘I can't breathe’ t-shirts.”
Martin Luther King III joined O’Reilly after his Talking Points Memo to discuss.
O’Reilly charged Jackson with “singing that stupid song that basically indicts all American law enforcement and puts forth that we are living in a South African apartheid situation, and it’s really insulting, I think.”
King said that many young black Americans feel that way because they’re targeted everyday.
O’Reilly said that black communities – like the south side of Chicago – have to say “enough.”
“They have to rise up like your father implored people, rise up, be dignified, speak out for positive change, not kill the cops,” he said.
King said that the message of killing cops is a counterproductive and destructive one.
“We do need all hands on deck, Americans coming forward, saying look, there’s a problem, there’s no problem we can’t address when we bring ourselves together using our minds, our hearts, and being open. We are a great nation,” King said.
Watch the memo and O’Reilly’s discussion with King above.