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Chris Hayes: O’Reilly rhetoric like neo-Nazi skinheads from ‘American History X’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:51 EDT
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On Friday night’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes broke down the real math behind the statistics that Fox News Commentator Bill O’Reilly has been spouting in his racist rants in the wake of the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial.

“For people like Bill O’Reilly,” Hayes said, “there is a zero sum of concern, here. For him, this really isn’t about his interest in helping the actual human beings being killed on Chicago’s South Side. No. It’s about making a point. A point about the propensity of black people to commit violence, and then tossing them aside as violent people with ‘little discipline’ who are ‘unsupervised’ and ‘prone to imitate bad behavior.’”

Hayes said, “There are about 200 million white people in America, making up about 63% of the population. In 2010, 1,179 white people were killed by black people. Compare that number to the roughly 20,000 white people who died from accidental poisoning, 16,000 who died from accidental falls that year, or the 2,000 or so white people estimated who died from accidental drowning. In other words, Bill O’Reilly, you have more reason to be afraid of your own swimming pool than any young black man you see in a hoodie.”

He went on to play a clip from “American History X,” a 1998 film about American Nazi skinheads starring Edward Norton. White people, said Norton’s character “aren’t offing each other in record numbers all over America. Look at the statistics for Christ’s sake, one in every three black males is in some phase of the correctional system. Is that a coincidence or do these people have some kind of racial commitment to crime?”

Hayes’ guest, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said, “These are recycled arguments which don’t get to the real root of the issue. First of all, racial profiling, disparate treatment in the criminal justice system.” Secondly, she said, Congress can’t even pass a gun bill requiring background checks.

“We have not dealt with the structural issues in this country when it comes to institutional racism,” said Lee.

Watch the video, embedded via YouTube, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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