Bill O’Reilly advanced the theory of “Asian privilege” on Tuesday night’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” expounding on a previous debate with fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly who said “white privilege” was causing the black community in Ferguson, Mo., to doubt that slain teenager Michael Brown would receive justice.
O’Reilly asked whether “we have Asian privilege in America” after analyzing differences across racial demographics and observing the success of Asian Americans who have the lowest rates of unemployment and highest median incomes in the country.
Citing the intactness of Asian American families and the “emphasis” placed on education, O’Reilly suggested that these things aren’t emphasized in African American culture, which is why they aren’t as successful.
“American children must learn, not only academics, but also civil behavior, right from wrong, as well as how to speak properly and how to act respectfully in public,” O’Reilly said. “If African American children do not learn those things, they will likely fail as adults. They will be poor, they will be angry and they often will be looking to blame someone else.”
Acknowledging that slavery was a “unique” obstacle that African Americans have yet to overcome, he proceeded to note that the leadership in African American communities is failing. O’Reilly said leaders provide excuses for failure and promote a “big lie” that minimizes personal responsibility and instead blames white privilege.
“So the message is: it’s not your fault if you abandon your children, if you become a substance abuser, if you are a criminal. No, it’s not your fault, it’s society’s fault.”
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