Friday, May 9, 2008

Star Jones' informed and provocative response to Bill

Thanks Leatha
No matter how you feel about Star Jones, she righteously jumps down Bill
O'Reilly's throat in the communication below.


comment about having a lynching party for Michelle Obama if he finds out
>
> that she truly has no pride in her country.
>
> Bill O'Reilly said:
>
> 'I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama
> unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman
> really feels. If that's how she really feels - that is a bad country or
> a flawed nation, whatever - then that's legit. We'll track it down.'
>
> Star said:
>
> 'I'm sick to death of people like Fox News host, Bill O'Reilly,
> and his ill thinking that he can use a racial slur against a black
> woman
> who could be the next First Lady of the United States, give a
> half-assed
> apology and not be taken to task and called on his crap.
>
> What the hell? If it's 'legit,' you're going to 'track it down?'
> And then what do you plan to do? How dare this white man with a
> microphone and the trust of the public think that in 2008, he can still
> put the words 'lynch and party' together in the same sentence with
> reference to a black woman; in this case, Michelle Obama? I don't care
> how you 'spin it' in the 'no spin zone,' that statement in and of
> itself
> is racist, unacceptable and inappropriate on every level.
>
> O'Reilly claims his comments were taken out of context. Please
> don't insult my intelligence while you're insulting me. I've read the
> comments and heard them delivered in O'Reilly's own voice; and there is
> no right context that exists. So, his insincere apology and
> 'out-of-context' excuse is not going to cut it with me.
>
> And just so we're clear, this has nothing to do with the 2008
> presidential election, me being a Democrat, him claiming to be
> Independent while talking Republican, the liberal media or a
> conservative point of view. To the contrary, this is about crossing a
> line in the sand that needs to be drawn based on history, dignity,
> taste
> and truth.
>
> Bill, I'm not sure of where you come from, but let me tell you
> what the phrase 'lynching party' conjures up to me, a black woman born
> in North Carolina . Those words depict the image of a group of white
> men
> who are angry with the state of the own lives getting together,
> drinking
> more than they need to drink, lamenting how some black person has moved
> forward (usually ahead of them in stature or dignity), and had the
> audacity to think that they are equal. These same men for years,
> instead
> of looking at what changes, should and could make in their own lives
> that might remove that bitterness born of perceived privilege, these
> white men take all of that resentment and anger and decide to get
> together and drag the closest black person near them to their death by
> hanging them from a tree - usually after violent beating, torturing and
> violating their human dignity. Check your history books, because you
> don't need a masters or a law degree from Harvard to know that is what
> constitutes a 'lynching party.'
>
> Imagine, Michelle and Barack Obama having the audacity to think
> that they have the right to the American dream, hopes, and ideals.
> O'Reilly must think to himself: how dare they have the arrogance to
> think they can stand in a front of this nation, challenge the status
> quo
> and express the frustration of millions? When this happens, the first
> thing that comes to mind for O'Reilly and people like him is: 'it's
> time
> for a party.'
>
> Not so fast...don't order the rope just yet.
> Would O'Reilly ever in a million years use this phrase with
> reference to Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain or Judi Nathan? I mean, in
> all of the statements and criticisms that were made about Judi Nathan,
> the one-time mistress turned missus, of former presidential candidate
> Rudy Giuliani, I never heard any talk of forming a lynch party because
> of something she said or did.
>
> So why is it that when you're referring to someone who's
> African-American you must dig to a historical place of pain, agony and
> death to symbolize your feelings? Lynching is not a joke to
> off-handedly
> throw around and it is not a metaphor that has a place in political
> commentary; provocative or otherwise. I admit that I come from a place
> of personal outrage here having buried my 90 year-old grandfather last
> year. This proud, amazing African-American man raised his family and
> lived through the time when he had to use separate water fountains,
> ride
> in the back of a bus, take his wife on a date to the 'colored section'
> of a movie theater, and avert his eyes when a white woman walked down
> the street for fear of what a white man and his cronies might do if
> they
> felt the urge to 'party'; don't tell me that the phrase you chose, Mr.
> O'Reilly, was taken out of context.
>
> To add insult to injury, O'Reilly tried to 'clarify' his
> statements, by using the excuse that his comments were reminiscent of
> Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' use of the term 'high-tech
> lynching' during his confirmation hearing. I reject that analogy. You
> see Justice Thomas did mean to bring up the image of lynching in its
> racist context. He was saying that politics and the media were using a
> new technology to do to him what had been done to black men for many
> years -- hang him. Regardless of if you agreed with Justice Thomas'
> premise or not, if in fact -- Bill O'Reilly was referencing it -- the
> context becomes even clearer.
>
> What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling
> that one of the reasons Bill O'Reilly made this statement, thinking he
> could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with
> a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled
> feathers,
> is because he doesn't think that black women will come out and go after
> him when he goes after us. Well, he's dead wrong. Be clear Bill
> O'Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman. And this
> black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of
> us.' -- Star Jones Reynolds
>
>

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