During a recent discussion with the Black Conservative, noted Surgeon Mr. Benjamin Carson, Bill O’Reilly took it upon himself to once again not only address, but also solve the myriad problems affecting African-Americans; impressively, he did such in nine short sentences. Mr. O’Reilly addressed the highly esteemed Carson with the following litany. “You remember Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. Weren’t they fabulous athletes — I idolized Willie Mays…And what do we have now? What do we have now? Gangster rappers, you know, Beyoncé. The most famous, you know, doing these videos that show these kinds of things to young, 9, 10, 11-year-old girls? I mean — and it’s celebrated. It’s celebrated. You know, that’s the big change.”
Carson meekly cowered away from the issue and responded “The bottom line is, we as a society must come to understand that this is a problem that affects all of us. And we don’t have to wait for Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or anybody to be the leader on this issue. And it doesn’t even have to be a Black person. I appreciate the fact that you’re willing to step out and talk about this because it is politically incorrect to do so now.”
I beg to differ with Mr. Carson in that it is politically incorrect to address the social ills facing African-Americans, particularly in the superficial manner that he and his compatriot Bill O’Reilly are attempting to do, yet again. In fact, there is nothing more American than the tendency of the white community and naïve negroes to blame the social ills occurring amongst Black America on its largest victims, African-Americans themselves.
Oh, if it were truly that simple for us to bring back that sober minded negro Jackie Robinson that so ingratiated himself to the white community. Apparently Mr. O’Reilly has forgotten that Mr. Robinson himself was not accepted by the white community, at least not until he publicly denounced the African-American community’s desire for freedom and liberation; we must never forget that Robinson also denounced Malcolm X before white audiences.
Following the logic of Mr. O’Reilly and Carson, if Beyonce put on some clothes, little Black elementary school girls would know how to behave in their classrooms, receive straight A’s, and be well on their way to avoiding welfare rolls and that dastardly desire to embrace any semblance of racial pride. In the aforementioned individuals’ minds, such a simplified formula would finally usher Black American males into mainstream society. If only they would disengage from Black Popular Culture, particularly Hip-Hop culture, would we see unemployment decline, the murder of Black folk in the streets of America by white police officers cease, Black wealth created, the disproportionate arrest and incarceration of African-American men and women cease, and assimilation with an obviously morally correct white community finally occur.
So if you for a second believe the spiel given by Mr. O’Reilly and Carson, that Black folk are the lone catalyst behind their own misery, suffering, and degradation, go ahead and turn off the radio. But please let me know how that sophomoric decision works for the Race in either the immediate or the long-term.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III