On March 28th, 2017, Fox News presenter Bill O’ Reilly made a comment, comparing Representative Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) hairdo to the iconic style once worn by The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, during a segment on Fox & Friends. Within days, Black people (and a small minority of others) were in a tizzy over the comments and, I guess, rightfully so. O’ Reilly, who once quipped about worrying that his hub caps were being stolen, outside, while he gave a speech at a fundraiser for disadvantaged kids and has never been at a loss for words when it comes to disparaging comments about Black people in the past, had just made mockery of a true advocate for Black empowerment who had given tirelessly to “the cause” and who was revered by generations…..and he also made fun of Congresswoman Waters, as well. In early April, Fox News began deflecting arrows of accusation fired at O’ Reilly
regarding several sexual harassment claims, made by women who said that host verbal abused them and made lewd comments, unwanted advances and even phone calls. The complaints go back to at least 2002, according to information available. O’ Reilly, who is no stranger to accusations of being a pervert or verbal and even physical abuse, of course, vehemently denied the charges. Despite a ringing endorsement by no less an authority on “good person(s)”, Donald Trump, himself, by April 4th, 31 sponsors (including Mercedes-Benz, GlaxoSmithKline and Allstate) had pulled away from his Fox show and on April 19th, Fox News announced that it was severing ties, completely, with the 67 year old. Fox News’ biggest bullhorn of bigotry and the most popular purveyor of their propaganda was gone.
Black people took to the sreets…..nah, I’m lying they only got on Twitter…and celebrated the end of his show, the O’ Racist Factor, as if they or We had won anything. Dont get me wrong, Bill O’ Reilly is a racist, sexist, wife-beater with the brain of a protoplasm (sit him in front of a teleprompter, wind him up and watch him go!) but Black people have nothing to celebrate, here. You see, Bill O’ Reilly was allowed to go unchecked for decades at Fox while spewing some of the most hateful, incendiary remarks at some of the darkest times for Blacks, in America. He blamed Trayvon Martin for his own death, saying that he died because he “looked like a gangster” so you can probably guess his thoughts on Mike Brown (THUG), Sandra Bland (should have just complied!) and any and everything else. Bill O’ Reilly was fired after the Maxine Waters comments but not because of the comments. Feel me? White Supremacy always allows for victims of its own kind to fall, as collateral damage, as the machine marches and chugs forward.
Remember, the virtue of white womanhood has always been the reason or flimsy excuse to do harm to Black people, Black men especially, but the dozens of poor, innocent, defenseless white women who were thrown in with wolves like O’ Reilly, other FOX staffers and even the CEO and Chairman of the network were to be ground up and spit out, without a care. And, they had and would have been as FOX has reportedly paid out over 13 million dollars to over 5 women….for O’ Reilly accusers alone, over the years.
It wasnt until the adverti$ser$ got $pooked and $tarted to di$tance themselves did Fox suddenly get a dose of Act Right and put him on the curb. O’ Reilly was allowed to disrespect Black people and physically harm white women until it affected his employers’ bottom line. Because of a lack of basic support from the community, among other reasons, most black businesses rarely reach beyond the mom-and-pop level so they wouldn’t have had the economic power to punish the host or his network and, consequently,blacks had to wait until justice was given to them. Black people, as a whole, do not have an economic basis to reward or punish anyone so we are forced to stand by idly while red-faced, faux shamed corporations pretend to punish media personalities and entertainers who took a step or leap across the line by scolding them as they are pushed out the front door, only to be let in the back or even side door and set up for an even bigger chance at power, wealth and/or influence.
Speaking of influence, the silence from NOW, the organizers January’s Women’s March on Washington and especially the “black feminists” (who have binders full of posts about the supposed inherent misogyny/homophobia of Black men) was deafening. No Gloria Allred on this one, hunh. Not surprising though, we had about a 3 week span where young, Black women were getting MMA’d and thrown around beauty supply and nail shops, nationwide, without so much as a peep from these people who purport to protect all women….as long as they’re white and from a certain income strata. But, that’s another post for another time.
Black people couldn’t affect O’ Reilly or Fox News monetarily and his firing will do nothing to slow the spread of their brand of poison as Tucker Carlson, a surlier, less affable version of a white supremacist than O’ Reilly, has already been installed in his time slot. Yes, the machine of white supremacy goes on, just with a different driver.
Black people nor the mistreatment of Black people got Bill O’ Reilly fired and, yeah, it’s always been fun to see when massa slipped and busted his ass. However, until we do something to effect change, BY OUR OWN HAND, the plantation will still go on the same way in the morning, so why so much celebrating?