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Bill O’Reilly: “Many African Americans Are Ill-Educated And Have Tattoos On Their Foreheads…”

April 12, 2016

Bill O’Reilly constantly amazes me with his racism, misogyny, and KKK -like mentality. Trump, who believes you can buy anyone’s soul for the right price, expressed that since he plans to hire African Americans, they will vote for him, stating : “I’m telling you, it’s an economic message.” An economic message that quickly moved to racist hate-mongering from O’Reilly:

O’Reilly questioned how Trump would actually accomplish that aim.

Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it, but it’s true,” O’Reilly said. “If you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to get jobs for people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”

Trump stayed on message, insisting that African-Americans would benefit from manufacturing jobs returning to the country under a President Trump.

“We’re going to bring jobs back,” Trump responded. “We’re going to have Apple computers made in this country.”

O’Reilly pushed back.

“But you have to have skills to make Apple computers,” he said.

“We will get the skills and develop the skills,” Trump said.

O’Reilly continued to push his point that some African-Americans are unqualified for the jobs Trump wanted to bring back.

“It’s more challenging for a poor child in Harlem without parental guidance in a school that’s falling apart than it is for some white kid out in Garden City,” he said. “You say you can bring jobs back, but if the kid isn’t qualified to do the job and can’t do the work – I mean – you’ve got to get into the infrastructure of the African-American community.”

Here’s the thing, talking about needing “infrastructure” in the African-American community is degrading coming from the man who just said “they” (in O’Reilly speak, someone with a different skin color), have tattoos on their foreheads.

I just read about how San Salvador gang members have tattoos on their foreheads,

Gang Member Tattoos

Business Insider points out that the reason these tattoos are so prevalent among gang members from South America is that the gangs know that getting tattoos like this is an easy retention strategy: no one else will hire these men, from rival gangs or otherwise.

So what is O’Reilly talking about? Tough to tell besides racism.

I looked up images of African-American workers, and while there is a story about how business leaders in the African American community struggle to receive respect, there is no story about tattoos. has discussed the labor movement within the African-American community and the development or position of unions, and this is one of the photos that it published about the African-American labor issues:

Look closely–there are no tattoos.

When I looked up the US government’s Department of Labor statistics, it’s report contradicts Trump’s promise to make manufacturing the mainstay of economic reform for African American communities, because the Department of Labor points out that the majority of African American workers have been employed in public sector work, not manufacturing:

The average unemployment rate for Blacks in 2011 was 15.8 percent, compared to 7.9 percent for Whites, and 11.5 percent for Hispanics. Historically, Blacks have had persistently higher unemployment rates than the other major racial and ethnic groups. In addition, the increase in the black unemployment rate during the recession was larger than that for other races partly because workers with less education are particularly hard hit during recessions. Moreover, the unemployment rate for Blacks was slower to fall after the official end of the recession. The slower recovery for African Americans in the labor market has been partly the result of government layoffs after the official end of the recession. Blacks have been more vulnerable to the drastic layoffs in government in the past two years because they make up a disproportionate share of public sector workers. Moreover, with the exception of health and education, Blacks are under-represented in the sectors that have experienced the greatest job growth during the recovery, including manufacturing and professional and business services.

I will admit that I grit my teeth every time I read “Blacks” in reference to people or “whites,” because it just seems so wrong to classify people according to skin color, but the point is that since the African American community was disproportionately affected by government layoffs, it had a larger share of unemployment. That doesn’t sound like lack of education or tattoos are the problem, it sounds like what is needed is diversification of job resources, not tattoo removal.

Neither does O’Reilly’s argument that the community is “ill educated” hold water. It is, in fact, flat out wrong. African Americans had double the rate of unemployment compared to Caucasians regardless of their education:

The differences in the total unemployment rates between African Americans and whites can also not be attributed to differences in educational attainment. Black unemployment is significantly higher than that of whites at all levels of educational attainment. The unemployment rate of African Americans without a high school diploma was 26 percent in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 12 percent for whites without a high school diploma. The unemployment rate among African Americans with high school diplomas and no postsecondary education was 15.9 percent, while that of similarly situated whites was 8.4 percent. Finally, the unemployment rate of African American college graduates was 6.9 percent, while the unemployment rate among white college graduates was a mere 3.9 percent.

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t know what he is talking about, but then Trump didn’t either, stating that it’s the “spirit” that counts in a community. What? Trump didn’t call out racism, because Trump is pretty racist, but if you are trying to appeal to a community, you’d think you might know a little bit more about it than saying you can just buy it. That’s the problem with Trump though, he would sell his children to the highest bidder, so why not think he can buy anyone with the right amount of money?

I really wish that O’Reilly wasn’t allowed to make comments like he did about people based on skin color, outright hatred and racism with immunity.

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