O’Reilly: Blacks Need to Stop Taking Racism to Heart

INSIDE THE MIND OF BILL O’REILLY, WHERE THE FOLLOWING MAKES SENSE – Fox News host Bill O’Reilly spent the “Talking Points” segment of his program Wednesday night advising people of color to “ignore” racism, since it’s impossible to “change the minds of the ignorant.” On Thursday, O’Reilly expanded on those comments, saying that he stands by his advice, and adding that black people—including Oprah Winfrey, whose experience with racism in Switzerland inspired his remarks—need to “stop taking racism to heart.”

“Racism is nothing personal,” O’Reilly said in a video uploaded to FoxNews.com this afternoon. “Well, it’s personal in that people dislike you because of the color of your skin. But they hate all black people, so it’s really not about you as an individual.”

“If you think about it,” O’Reilly continued, “it’s kind of self-centered to be offended by racism unless you’ve done something to deserve it. Take me for example: Lots of people hate me, but I’ve earned it. I don’t take it personal.”

On The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night, O’Reilly struck a nihilistic tone, arguing that because racism “is not going away,” it’s better to ignore discrimination than to work for change, which he said is “not worth the effort in any case.”

“You might not realize it, but us white people know that figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were basically just wasting their time,” O’Reilly said. “Believe me—white people hate you just as much as they always have, but that’s our thing, so you might as well stop taking it to heart.”

African Americans from across the country are reaching out to Mr. O’Reilly to thank him for his wonderful, life-changing advice. “You, sir, are a genius,” Ben Newsome, a 29-year-old African American from Oakland, tweeted. “The next time the cops beat me senseless for jaywalking, I’ll just ignore their racism and remember that it’s not about me. Problem solved!”