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O’Reilly And Beck Agree: We’re ‘Afraid’ To Have ‘A Lot Of African-American Friends’

Last night on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly led a discussion about Sen. Joe Biden’s (D-DE) racially-insensitive remarks toward Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). But instead of exlusively focusing on why the remarks were condescending to African-Americans, he said blacks should “feel sorry for us white folks here, because I’m telling you now I’m afraid to say anything. … White Americans are terrified.” Watch it: http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/06/oreilly-beck-articulate/

My Two Sense points out that CNN’s Glenn Beck hosted a similar discussion last night, during which he said, “I don’t have a lot of African-American friends, and I think part of it is because I’m afraid that I would be in an open conversation, and I would say something that somebody would take wrong, and then it would be a nightmare.” Watch it: http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/06/oreilly-beck-articulate/

As The New York Times’s Lynette Clemetson notes, “When whites use the word [articulate] in reference to blacks, it often carries a subtext of amazement, even bewilderment. … Such a subtext is inherently offensive because it suggests that the recipient of the ‘compliment’ is notably different from other black people.”


O’REILLY: Now you got to feel sorry for us white folks here, because I’m telling you now I’m afraid to say anything. You know, you’re an articulate guy, doctor, but I’m never going to say that. You’re a smart guy. Is that bad if I say you’re a smart guy? … Yes, absolutely, instead of black and white Americans coming together, white Americans are terrified. They’re terrified. Now we can’t even say you’re articulate? We can’t even give you guys compliments because they may be taken as condescension?

BECK: You know, Shelby, I don’t know if anybody else in the audience — oh, this is just going to be a blog nightmare over the next few days. But let me just be honest and play my cards face up on the table.

I was thinking about this just last week. I don’t have a lot of African-American friends, and I think part of it is because I’m afraid that I would be in an open conversation, and I would say something that somebody would take wrong, and then it would be a nightmare. Am I alone in feeling that?

Comments

lyfenlyn
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
articulate?
I have gotten that crap. "Oh, you're so articulate!" And when I don't jump up and down with glee, then I'm one of those uppity negresses. Don't that darkie know that I paid her a compliment? OOhh or my favorite left handed remark. "You're bi racial right?" Only people who are mixed with white are allowed a grasp of the english language? GTFOHWT! (get the f*ck outta here with that.)
misslaura
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: articulate?
Articulate shouldn’t be used to describe any adult, black, white, brown or whatever. That’s something you say to a toddler.
likelesliecaron
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: articulate?
exactly.
ohkatespade
Feb. 7th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: articulate?
Agreed. Telling someone they are articulate is also telling them that you expected them to be a dipshit before they opened their mouth.
lyfenlyn
Feb. 7th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: articulate?
*high fives miss laura old school style*
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misslaura
Feb. 7th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: articulate?
Toddlers and monkeys are damn near the same. They like to play with poop, love to eat bananas, will play with anything, throw fits, etc...LOL