WATCH: Bill O’Reilly Explodes During Debate Over Race With Contributor

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and Kirsten Powers, a liberal columnist and contributor at the network, debated racism in America on Tuesday evening, and the segment quickly dissolved into a screaming match.

Bill O’Reilly argued that racism is not an “epidemic” in America.

“I’m saying that the world is being told by anti-American haters that we are a rank, racist society, and that is a lie,” O’Reilly told Powers during the segment.

After O’Reilly turned to another guest on his show, he accused Powers of “snorting” while the guest was making a point. Powers balked at the accusation, and the two quickly began debating racism again.

While arguing over whether everyone in the U.S. acknowledges the legacy of slavery in the U.S., Powers told O’Reilly, “There are actually a lot of people in this country who are racist.”

The debate then took a turn for the worse.

“I have to wonder about why you can’t see what’s happening, because most Americans are not racist,” O’Reilly said. “They’re not!”

“Really? So how many black friends do you have?” Powers asked. “How many black friends do you have?”

O’Reilly did not appear to be pleased with Powers’ question and said, “If you think most Americans are racist, I’m ashamed of you.”

“I’m asking you a serious question,” Powers responded. “I didn’t say most Americans were racist.”

Watch the clip via Fox News:

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