Target: Bill O’Reilly
Goal: Condemn talk show host Bill O’Reilly for stereotyping the black community
Fox News television host Bill O’Reilly is known for his popular show, The O’Reilly Factor. Bill O’Reilly is a conservative and his show is favored by strong Republicans. Recently, Bill O’Reilly made racist remarks towards the black community after the Trayvon Martin case ruling.
O’Reilly told the public that he didn’t care if he was stereotyping black people; he still needed to state his opinion about the case. He brought up ‘statistics’ that show that black people are more likely to murder someone than a person of any other race. It is unknown the reliability of his ‘statistics’ or where he got them from.
When talking about the Trayvon Martin case, O’Reilly stated that what he was trying to explain was that “many white people are afraid of black people, particularly young, black men.” When he made that statement, O’Reilly stereotyped both white and black people. Later, O’Reilly assured the public that he does not want white people to fear black people, but then he brought up his ‘statistics’ that black people commit homicides more than white people and Hispanic people. He is intentionally creating a fear among people from his intolerance.
O’Reilly also stated that he believed the African American community needs to help themselves economically because the white community will not help them. Referring to himself as Paul Revere, O’Reilly said that he could explain why so many black children grow up in poverty. Yet, he thinks that it is only the responsibility of the African American community to get out of bad economic conditions. Condemn Bill O’Reilly for his intolerance by signing the petition below.
Dear Bill O’Reilly,
You are a popular Fox News television host who is supposed to tell the truth without being biased. Your show is clearly biased and favored by conservatives, just like most of the news shows on Fox News. In an interview, you spoke out about your feelings after the Trayvon Martin case. You said that you did not care if your comments were considered stereotyping. Obviously, you are not afraid to hide your prejudices.
The statistics that you presented may not be reliable; you were just trying to cause more white people to fear young, black men. George Zimmerman killed a young man who happened to be black, and you justify this because you say Zimmerman feared Trayvon Martin due to his skin color. Fear is no justification for what happened to Trayvon.
By referring to yourself as Paul Revere, a man who is seen as a hero to many white Americans, you have shown that you view yourself as the hero who will save the African American community, when really they are a lot stronger than you think. If you really wanted to be a hero and warn people like Paul Revere did, you would warn people about how wrong it is to stereotype a group of people.
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