A conservative Texas talk show host seized on reports of violence at a fast food restaurant to accuse black people of being inherently violent, Media Matters reported on Friday.
“White people don’t walk into a McDonald’s, and four, five, six, seven, eight, 10 of them beat the snot out of somebody for minutes on end. While everybody else cheers, hoots, hollers, and films it. WorldStar. Yeah,” KTRH-AM host Michael Berry said on Thursday. “You know why white lives matter? Because that’s what white people believe. The dirty little secret is, black people don’t believe that black lives matter.”
Berry said he was referring to a certain type of black people, referencing comedian Chris Rock’s 1997 routine “Black People vs Ni**az.”
“Chris Rock has made very clear there are different types of black people,” he said. “And the general manager at your company, who’s black and a super-nice guy, doesn’t want to live amongst that either.”
However, Berry did not mention that Rock jettisoned that routine from his act.
“I’ve never done that joke again, ever, and I probably never will,” the comedian told 60 Minutes in 2005. “‘Cause some people that were racist thought they had license to say n****r. So, I’m done with that routine.”
Berry’s remarks came in response to an attack by multiple teen girls inside a Brooklyn McDonald’s on Wednesday night. Gawker reported that 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson was arrested in connection with the incident after being seen on cell phone video attacking the 15-year-old victim. She is being charged with robbery and gang assault.
The attack, he said, was evidence that “savages” were living in the U.S., before painting slain 16-year-old Trayvon Martin as an example.
“We can’t deny the influence that this subculture is having on our society. You can go and hide behind your gates. Y’all can hire a guard at night,” he said. “But eventually, a Trayvon Martin’s going to come walking through your yard, at night, on suspension from school. Because his dad has a good job, and he lives there. And he lives in a world of thuggery, and his dad doesn’t. That’s actually — that was the case there. But he was a thug, who went to school with other thugs.”
According to Media Matters, Berry — who has referred to himself as the “czar of talk radio” — has interviewed several prominent Texas Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Listen to Berry’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters on Friday, below.