Where else but MSNBC?
Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson issued a challenge to Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly during a Sunday morning appearance with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. He said that O’Reilly’s talk about the problems facing the black community lacks a base of empirical knowledge, and he would like to have a real “conversation” about race with the Fox host. Dyson said that O’Reilly was recently “surprised that black people don’t throw bananas at each other or swing from trees” in Harlem, and is not well-positioned to frankly discuss racial issues.
“There is one high-profile white man who is willing to talk about race,” Harris-Perry opened a segment on race relations. She played a clip of O’Reilly talking about what he thought were the problems facing the black community, including the breakdown of the African-American nuclear family.
“Why is it that when we say we want to have a conversation on race, you want to have a conversation on blackness?” Dyson said in reaction to the clip. “You don’t want to have a conversation on white privilege, on conscious bias. You don’t want to talk about the collective world we’ve made black, brown, red, yellow, and white people. You want to lecture black people.”
Dyson and Harris-Perry are doing pretty well for a couple of oppressed minorities living in a racist hell hole.
But wait! There’s more!
Don Lemon has been accused of being some kind of race-traitor because he agreed with Bill O on a few points. Today he went on The Skew to defend himself:
The camera panned over to Lemon for a quick, impromptu interview about the statements he made that have so many people on both sides of the racial divide fired up this week. He explained to the hosts that he was simply trying to give “suggestions” to African-Americans like pulling up their pants and stop saying the “n-word.” Joy Behar responded by asking, “Which part is controversial?”
Lemon didn’t see why what he said caused such a stir, saying, “That’s advice my mother gave me in kindergarten.” He said the pants issue, for example, was just a “symbol of respect,” adding he wasn’t giving advice on how to “end racism” but rather on “self-empowerment” for African-Americans.
Sherri Shepherd hit the nail on the head when she said it was Lemon’s comments involving Bill O’Reilly people really “took umbrage” with. “I don’t want to give Bill O’Reilly license to say anything,” Shepherd said, “because he’s never been a young black man.”
IOW – If you are white then STFU!
But wait! There’s more!
I don’t know where Toure Neblett is today but here’s “Reverend” Al Sharpton and a friend:
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, journalist, radio host, and frequent MSNBC guest, appeared on Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show on Monday where he weighed in on the controversy surrounding Fox News Channel hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and CNN anchor Don Lemon’s criticisms of some aspects of African-American culture. Hutchinson told guest host Bob Slade that people like O’Reilly and Lemon are “paid,” “professional assassins of African-Americans” and they should be ignored.
And that was Today in Race Baiting.