Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict caused a nationwide dialogue about race relations, an issue that continues to be brought to the media forefront by liberal and conservative figures alike.
Shortly after President Obama delivered his speech on race and the Trayvon Martin case, FOX News’ political commentator Bill O’Reilly took to his show, The O’Reilly Factor and expressed his opinions about the disintegration of the African-American family.
The well-known conservative host used his show as a platform to spew criticism unto African-Americans and the entertainment industry’s glorification of “gangster culture”, adding that the President has no clue on how to deal with the problems within the black community.
Oddly enough, CNN’s Don Lemon agreed and played a video clip of O’Reilly’s statement, saying:
The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family…Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. Nobody forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision.
After pointing out that “Bill’s got a point,” Lemon offered a short list of tips to assist black men in bettering themselves and their community:
5. Pull up your pants
4. Stop using the “N word”
3. Respect where you live (don’t litter)
2. Finish high school
1. Stop having children out of wedlock
Lemon offered solutions, but to what problem? Not poverty. Not violence or public education. What about the “war on drugs?” And isn’t a conversation about sagging pants and the n-word a distraction to fleshing out and focusing on the root and real causes of the destruction of our urban communities?
Something just doesn’t sit right when America waits ’til something as tragic as the Trayvon Martin case to happens in order to zero in on “black on black” crime; it’s all too convenient to pin it on its community, no?
Peep Lemon’s entire segment up top and watch Bill O’Reilly “breakdown” the crux of the problem in the black community down below.