Monday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” featured a dialogue between Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly on the hot button issue of white privilege.
Kelly, when asked if she believes in the white privilege theory, said there is “a lot of evidence behind it,” and added the statistics are “alarming”:
“Black unemployment rate in Ferguson is three times the white unemployment rate,” Kelly began. “Black men between the ages of 16 and 24 have an almost 50% unemployment rate, for whites it’s 16%. In the United States, a black child is almost four times as likely to live in a poor neighborhood as a white child is. Twenty percent of white kids are in single parent homes, 52% of black kids are. The incarceration rate is six time higher for blacks than it is for whites.
“There is segregated housing in Ferguson, there’s underperforming schools, both of those correlate strongly with low prospects in life. And this area, St. Louis, has a noticeably disadvantaged situation when it comes to folks who are born poor, getting out of poverty over the course of their life. Places like Seattle? You’ve got a real shot at it. Places like St. Louis? Not so much.”
While O’Reilly accepted her reasoning, he had a different approach to the issue:
“The Asian American community is not a troubled situation. As everybody knows, their academics are better than whites, they have language to overcome, while black Americans don’t,” he said. “It all comes down to families, culture, personal responsibility — all of these things which we don’t hear anything or much about and this is what drives the poverty.”
Kelly didn’t back down from her point of view, unsure that O’Reilly was fully understanding her perspective:
“It’s not just families or culture,” Kelly replied. ”Look at that stat about the black children four times as likely to live in poor neighborhoods as white children, and in the St. Louis area there is documented white flight. The blacks, as they move out to these white suburbs like Ferguson, the whites take off, these become black neighborhoods. The schools they get forgotten and the black population feels forgotten, Bill.
“That’s why they feel resentful. They don’t believe the justice system is going to give them a fair shake. They don’t believe the economic system is going to give them a fair shake. President Obama made all sorts of promises that didn’t come true. Their Democratic governor in Missouri made all sorts of promises that didn’t come true. They have very few people to trust.”
O’Reilly closed the segment telling Kelly he agreed with her statements, adding that nothing in this country will improve until the culture changes. In essence, if there is to be an improvement, a new mindset must be implemented. If there is to be a change in one’s situation, steps must be taken to attain a better life for one’s self.
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