When Bill O’Reilly isn’t spewing misinformation, antiquated opinions and white supremacist rhetoric on Fox News, he is busy sexually harassing women and beating his ex-wife. But O’Reilly is a gentleman and always makes time for important things, such as bashing black women on their hairstyles. On Tuesday March 28th 2017, while making an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” a controversial video clip was shown of Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ speaking in the House of Representatives. During the general speech that Waters’ was giving, she called out President Trump on many issues, from the budget reduction on American Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, to his competency to lead the country.
“He has disrespected the office and offended so many people across this country and around the world with his disgusting and indecent rhetoric against women, the black community, Muslims, immigrants, and disabled Americans. Mr. Speaker, it is not just the African-American community who will lose under this president. It is everyone who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire that stands to lose under this administration. I will continue to oppose him and fight him every step of the way.”
Waters’ also spoke on African American patriotism, which has always been a stable resource despite White America’s propensity for violence and racism. The context of her speech was to contrast the patriotism of Trump supporters with that of African-Americans who fought in wars on behalf of the United States. Black people have participated and died in every American war yet we are the poorest, most incarcerated, most marginalized race in the United States.
“Many African-Americans have paid a huge price fighting for justice and equality in this country, have died for it. I don’t have to call the names of Martin Luther King and all the others,” she said. Waters continues by declaring: “When we fight against this president and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but they turned a blind eye to the destruction that he’s about to cause this country: You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.”
During the video clip, O’Reilly could be seen mocking Waters’ and her speech. O’Reilly was then asked what he thought about the whole ordeal and he responded, “”I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.” Many people were shocked and outraged at O’Reilly’s comment, which was blatantly sexist and misogynistic. Later that day on his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” an apology was issued to Maxine Waters, but it was nothing more than a petty attempt to calm a shit storm of negative publicity. On Tuesday evening, Waters appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” to remind O’Reilly and others who she is, “I am a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined.”
While we do not support Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ on some of her beliefs, such as her strong support for Hillary Clinton. (With all of the damage she and her family has done to the black community, Haiti, Crime Bill of 1994, Clinton Foundation Scandals) We do support Waters as a strong black woman that is willing to stand up for black issues and fight to remove the racist, unqualified, Donald Trump from office. Black women in America face the huge disadvantage of being a “double minority,” but Congresswoman Waters’ is proof that hard work pays off. Bill O’Reilly showed the whole world exactly what black women go through every day of their lives and that is marginalization, discrimination and condemnation.