2006-05-17

The Racist Factor

Bill O'Reilly. Is this what the far right is really about? Does he really represent all conservative, rich people? If so, does that make all right-winged conservatives racists?

From Media Matters:

1.) Bill O'Reilly claimed that The New York Times and "many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls America is bad, so a drastic change is needed." O'Reilly continued: "According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will."

2.) "[T]he bottom line is Charles Barron said last night is there is a movement in this country to wipe out 'white privilege' and to have the browning of America."

3.) O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly.

In THE FACTOR "Follow-Up" Segment tonight, we've been following the various demographic shifts throughout America, and now the Census Bureau estimates, by the year 2050, white Americans will make up less than 50 percent of the population. How will that change the USA?

Joining us now from Washington is Dr. William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. Here in the studio, John McManus, the editor in chief of "American Demographics" magazine.

So I guess this is being driven by Hispanics, right, with all the illegal immigration, millions of people coming in here and the higher birth rate among Hispanics in America. That's what's driving this?

JOHN MCMANUS, "AMERICAN DEMOGRAPHICS": The Hispanic population is the greatest increase that we'll see over the time period that we're talking about. Illegal immigration is a portion of the story, but it's the increase in -- rapid increase in immigration and birth rate in people of Hispanic origin that we'll see.

O'REILLY: All right. Because black birth rate is fairly stable, right?

MCMANUS: Proportionately, black birth rate and increases in their population will level out and be less significant in growth in that time period. I think Bill will be able to address the numbers better than I can, but...

O'REILLY: OK. And how about Asian? What's the situation with that?

MCMANUS: Asian -- we're going to see a 213 percent increase, according to the Census Bureau projection, and so that will be a very rapid increase of the percentage of their population in the U.S. as well.

O'REILLY: All right. Now, Doctor, the Census Bureau really doesn't tell us how this is going to affect the country. Do you have any theories on it?

WILLIAM FREY, PH.D., BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: Well, I really think what's happening is going to be this phasing out or fading out of the white baby boom population. It is a 50-year time period we're talking about...

O'REILLY: Yes. We'll all be dead. Thank God, right?

That transcript via Burnt Orange.

4.) O'Reilly 03/06/o1 to slavery reparations advoate Reverand Al Dixon "Reverend, you can go back to Africa if you want to. I mean, you could go and repatriate back to the continent or anywhere. Not any country will take U.S. citizens, but African countries will."

5.) O'Reilly in conversation with Silvestre Reyes: "Oh, I am with you there. You've got to get the high-tech stuff there.
But I'll tell you what. I've talked to the commanders, and they tell me, "Look, you deploy us down there, we stop the drug traffic dead"

We'd save lives because Mexican wetbacks, whatever you want to call them, the coyotes -- they're not going to do what they're doing now, so people aren't going to die in the desert. So we save lives, all right, and we seal it down and make it 100 times harder to come across.

And 79 percent of Americans see that, Congressman. You are in the minority on this one, and so is President Bush. I'll give you the last word."

Maybe it's entirely a Fox News way of thinking.

6.) On Fox News' The Big Story, John Gibson urged viewers to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies," because he had found out, from a recently released report, that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later repeated: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies."

Once again, I link to O'Reilly Sucks.

2 comments:

Publius said...

I am not sure what Gibson and O’Reilly were discussing, but I have a feeling it was related to either a study by the Heritage Foundation or a story in the Washington Post. But, either way it involved the immigration issue but not as a matter of race or ethnicity but in sheer numbers. Here is the link to where they most likely got their figures:

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1076

The report is from the Heritage Foundation and predicts that the Senate plan for amnesty and an increased guest worker program could lead to between 100 and 200 more immigrants into this country in the next 20 years. This would increase the population of the United States from 290 million plus now to 390 to 490 in twenty years which will have devastating effects on our social services.

They may also have been discussing about the number of children in this country under 5 who are a racial/ethnic minority which came from The Washington Post, Of U.S. Children Under 5, Nearly Half Are Minorities (May 10, 2006).

Sure, the messenger might have been wrong with Gibson and O’Reilly, but the facts were still true in that overcrowding and overpopulation is going to be a big problem in this country, regardless of race. Personally, I don’t care what color you are when I am driving somewhere, but more people means more traffic and no one likes traffic.

parnellpr said...

Hey I emailed O'reilly yesterday about his stupid comments about the UN and the offensive Jesus pics. I feel that essentially O'reilly is a racist.......the views that he has expounded on the immigration issue are very reminiscient of the stance taken by the BNP over here in the UK about immigration here. My basic points about the UN were why would the world be better off without an organisation, however unwieldy or potentially corrupt, that could provide a check on the actions of countries such as Iraq or the US? My point about the jesus pics were why was he giving this probably minority college publication free publicity? Also it seemed worth pointing out here that in the UK most major media outlets chose not to publish the controversial mohammed pics......so why is O'Reilly showing these? To get the christian right more fired up and defensive about their position in the world. I highly doubt that the emails will be shown but it would be cool.