One of the most insidious forms of racism comes from people who genuinely do not believe they are racist. Their prejudice and xenophobia is so deeply ingrained that they create a distorted world view to justify their warped beliefs about race.
Bill O'Reilly is a classic example of this -- a person who genuinely thinks he is not racist, yet routinely spews disgusting, prejudice garbage on his nightly show. Take for example, his comments earlier this month to Donald Trump about black people being "ill educated" and having "tattoos on their foreheads".
In no sane version of reality could one construe these comments as not being racist -- to assert without any trace of irony that black people are ill educated and randomly disfigure their faces with tattoos is monstrously racist, and only someone who is a racist could say it with a straight face.
Unsurprisingly, O'Reilly faced significant backlash for his comments. But in typical O'Reilly fashion, he lambasted the critics for being 'race hustlers' and not actually caring about black people (like he does).
Here he was yesterday turning reality on its head and presenting himself as a victim who is only trying to help black people get out of poverty, while black leaders and liberals want to create a dependency culture devoid of personal responsibility and work ethic:
When Al Sharpton and his grievance lobby assert that black Americans are oppressed by a racist system bent on hurting them, he provides an excuse for a litany of apathetic and destructive behaviors. The kids struggling in a bad school, with parents who don't care, needs all the encouragement, leadership can give him or her. Not a list of historical atrocities that can cause even more bitterness for the child. The cold fact is very few political people are willing to address vexing problems by telling you the truth.
You see, it is actually all Al Sharpton's fault that black people suffer from disproportionate poverty, crime and poor health. Why? Because he points out systemic racism built into American society, making stupid black people actually believe in it! Because of course slavery didn't happen, blacks were never lynched, tortured and killed for the crime of being black, they always had equal voting rights, and the law has always applied to them equally. And those African Americans we see being executed by trigger happy white police men on a weekly basis on Youtube? All a figment of our collective imagination.
O'Reilly's solution to the problem is simple: just ignore all that history, and black people will be fine! He went on:
Mr. Trump is noble in his intent to create jobs and train Americans to do them. But that will require more than trade deals and rhetoric. It will require a cultural change in many working class and poor precincts. If you reject the conventional road to success, education and hard work, you'll fail in our capitalistic system, no matter what kind of outlandish promises Bernie Sanders makes. It's all about personal responsibility and motivation. And who is preaching that message? Who?
The truth is that individual motivation is being destroyed by phony politicians seeking power, by promising an endless series of entitlements to a population that's moving away from achievement and into the gimme zone. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Until that deep cultural flaw is exposed, until the phonies, race hustlers and corporate greed heads are called out, we'll continue to see big lies spouted by political deceivers and enabled by a gutless media. God help America, and that's the memo.
Yes, we can fix problems in the African American community through motivational speeches and a steadfast belief in market capitalism. Because that is working out brilliantly for everyone. Heaven forbid a politician like Bernie Sanders pointing out the spectacular failures of neoliberalism and arguing for a more just economic system not rigged to benefit the ultra wealthy.
Oh, and let's not forget God, because he would definitely agree with Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump.