Fox, Bill O’Reilly, and “Young Black Men”

by Jordana Jarrett – During a debate on marijuana legalization, Fox‘s Bill O’Reilly claimed that in “certain ghetto neighborhoods” rampant marijuana use is “part of the culture– nine-year old boys and girls are smoking it” (O’Reilly Factor, 7/28/14). Unfortunately, this kind of stereotyping and demonization of  black youth is nothing new (Extra!, 9/13). Last month O’Reilly and others on Fox News defended racist remarks about black communities when they supported local New Jersey reporter Sean Bergin, who was suspended after editorializing that “broken families” were the cause of the “sick, perverse” anger toward police that has “contaminated America’s inner cities.” Bergin’s comments came after interviewing the widow of an African-American man killed by police after fatally shooting a Jersey City police officer.  The widow, Angelique Campbell, told Bergin that her husband “should have took more with him” (Breitbart, 7/15/14). (Campbell later apologized–AP, 7/16/14.) After some viewers complained about the airing of Campbell’s views (The Blaze, 7/14/14)...

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