In this astonishing clip which exemplifies the way that FOX News promotes harmful racial stereotypes and race-shaming against African-Americans, Brian Kilmeade and Crystal Wright openly blame black Americans for their own mass incarceration while accusing the Democratic candidates of fanning the flames on the “war against police” narrative that the conservative echo chamber has been pushing for years.
The pandering sycophant known as Kilmeade openly sets up the hate session by misrepresenting what Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been saying about the need for reforms in our law enforcement in order to lower the number of needless police killings that occur every day in our nation: “Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders slamming law enforcement and our criminal justice system at last night’s debate again, in an attempt to appeal to minority voters. Will it work? Is that a strategy?”
Unsurprisingly, his guest doesn’t think so, and has one of the most despicably offensive answers to come out of the FOX machine in quite some time:
Bernie and Hillary, just like Barack Obama and every Democrat before them, has done nothing for black people but tell them lies. And then what happens is they look at black leaders and they fight to pimp out the black vote. So they are jockeying now, Bernie and Hillary. They’re fawning all over the black leaders and they are trying to get black people to tell us, like we’re dummies, hey black people, vote for these Democrats who aren’t going to do anything for you, and the cycle keeps repeating itself. I have always said Republicans need to go out there and ask for the black vote. Because blacks should no more vote for Hillary or Bernie than they should the grand wizard of the KKK, because they keep giving us all these bad policies. And last night you know what they should have said, Brian? Hey, black people, stop having 72% of your babies out of wedlock and your kids won’t be going, won’t be massively incarcerated and arrested.
Blaming African-Americans for their mass incarceration and their systematic disenfranchisement is outrageous and deeply out of touch with reality. Throwing in a social-conservative condemnation on nontraditional families is just the icing on the hate-cake. It absolves white America and Reagan’s “tough on crime” policies for its role in perpetuating the institutional racism that led to mass incarceration in the first place. The Democratic Party, while admittedly could be doing more to better the lot of African-Americans in our nation, has been the only political party to stand up for the rights and well-being of any demographic group that aren’t Christian white males.
This exchange is proof enough of that.
Watch it here:
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.