Bill O’Reilly’s Racism: Single Black Mothers To Blame For Violent Crimes And Poverty (VIDEO)

White people do not force black women to have babies out-of-wedlock, but there are some rich, white men who advocate policies that certainly don't help. Image by Carrie Devorah @ Hollywood Reporter

White people do not force black women to have babies out-of-wedlock, but there are some rich, white men who advocate policies that certainly don’t help. Image by Carrie Devorah @ Hollywood Reporter

Bill O’Reilly spouted more of his absurdity on Monday night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” blaming single black mothers for the entire gamut of issues plaguing the impoverished, specifically, impoverished blacks. His solutions? Increasing penalties for drug crimes and stronger parental discipline are among them, but a major solution would be to teach young black girls how to avoid becoming pregnant in the first place. Specifically, he said:

“The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family. Right now, about 73% of all black babies are born out-of-wedlock. That drives poverty. And the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised. When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant?

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“White people don’t force black people to have babies out-of-wedlock. That’s a personal decision. A decision that has devastated millions of children and led to disaster both socially and economically.”

Generally speaking, no, white people don’t force black people to have babies out-of-wedlock. However, boiling the issue down to, “If they would just get married and stay married before having babies,” is a gross oversimplification, overlooking all the other issues that cause and perpetuate poverty and plague these low-income neighborhoods.

O’Reilly briefly touches on these problems, including poor education and lack of jobs, but seems to be suggesting that these arguments are used to cover or deny the source of true blame: black, single mothers. But poor education and lack of jobs are not smokescreens; they’re very real problems that don’t just impact children growing up in poverty, but also impact the mothers who are trying to raise those children and better their situations as best they can.

Inner city schools struggle with a plethora of problems, from within and without, and whenever budgets need to be cut, from the local level all the way up to the federal level, education is often among the first on the chopping block. This further erodes anybody’s ability to make something of themselves and contribute in a meaningful way to their communities and to society, not to mention how it erodes our ability as a country to compete in a global economy and maintain the quality of our own society.

Furthermore, if O’Reilly wants to teach girls to avoid becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock, instead of targeting black girls with public service ads as though this is unique to them and doesn’t happen to any other demographic ever, it’s been done through comprehensive, medically accurate sex education, not through PSAs that target a specific demographic.

Another way to do it would be to ensure that contraception is affordable and easily accessible, including IUDs, the pill, and hormonal implants. The reason for this is simple: free contraception dramatically lowers the abortion rate by lowering the rate of unwanted pregnancies. O’Reilly doesn’t seem to support this, however, as he lambasted Sandra Fluke in the same manner that Rush Limbaugh did for advocating that insurance cover prescription contraceptives.

He also believes that while Viagra should be covered by insurance, birth control should not, because erectile dysfunction is a defined medical condition, whereas pregnancy is not. What he fails to understand is that hormonal contraception is often prescribed to treat medical conditions that have nothing to do with preventing pregnancy.

O’Reilly also does not support abortion, which, following the failure of a contraceptive, could help keep those black girls from having so many children out-of-wedlock. He has claimed that the pro-fetus crowd is the target of far more bigotry than the LGBT crowd, and went after Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams for her views on the right to choose.

So no, white people generally do not force black women to have babies out-of-wedlock without a father figure, but there are plenty of rich, white men who advocate policies that make sure they do.

Here’s the video: