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Open Letter: Star Jones Checks Bill O'Reilly's Racist Remark
AOL Black Voices ^ | February 26, 2008 | Jawn Murray/Star Jones Reynolds

Posted on 02/27/2008 9:49:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Star Jones Reynolds has never been one to mince words. It's no wonder that when Bill O'Reilly's most recent controversial (see also: racist) comments about Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama, were discovered by Media Matters, the TruTV legal analyst was infuriated!

O'Reilly, the curmudgeon host of Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor,' was talking to a caller that was angry that Obama had said on C-Span that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country."

The 58-year-old television commentator, who privately settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against him in 2004, responded to the caller by offering that of course they'd have to check the facts first.

He 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."

"Lynching party? Track it down?"

In the words of Whitney Houston: "Hell to the naw!"

Even better are the prolific words of Reynolds.

With her permission, The BV Buzz is running the current 'Today Show' legal contributor and the former 'The View' host's entire 'Open Letter' about Bill O'Reilly.

"I'm sick to death of people like Fox News host, Bill O'Reilly, and his ilk 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.

This week O'Reilly gave the following response to a caller on his radio show who was making unsubstantiated negative charges against presidential candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama:

'And 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.'

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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To: Rte66
Yep... he’s a marxist, islamo-facist loving air head. I am being FAR too kind.


221 posted on 02/28/2008 9:02:36 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("There is no conservative alternative in the race. It's just that simple." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I kind of think, like after some sports contests, if Obama is elected, if they will burn down their cities and if he is not electd, they will burn down their cities.

222 posted on 02/28/2008 9:04:50 AM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
Lynching has an undeniable racial connotation in our country.

Not in my world.

If you want to do that sort of thing, black shoe polish should be banned, as well as the color black, since the word translates as "negro".

Frankly, I am very tired of this crappola.

223 posted on 02/28/2008 9:08:31 AM PST by Cold Heat (NO! (you can infer any meaning you choose))
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To: Cold Heat

I heard a black actress say yesterday in a “Black History Month” mini-interview that so-and-so was the first “Bl .. African-American” to do such-and-such.

I thought it was kind of funny that she didn’t think “black” was the right term to use, so switched mid-thought to “African-American” - and this was a spot for “Black History Month.”

How is anyone supposed to know the “speech rules” when they keep changing?

224 posted on 02/28/2008 9:14:12 AM PST by Rte66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Everybody needs to check the definition of racist out before using the damn word! Racism is the belief that your race is better than others. Example, the Nazis during WW2. Using the words, "lynching party" is at most -- obnoxious. I seriously doubt Bill has it in for black folks -- so it would have fallen under brain fart...

The second comment I would make is lynching was NOT exclusively used for blacks. Jewish people, Irish people and even Italians were lynched for spurious reasons too...

In short, don't use the word "lynch" at all -- nothing good can come from it.

225 posted on 02/28/2008 9:15:50 AM PST by John123 (Socialism is the best choice for those too stupid to be liberals...)
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To: blam

Well, sort of! Spoken Ebonics is unintelligible to me, but the Urban Dictionary manages to put some of this stuff in writing that can be read and somewhat comprehended, lol.

226 posted on 02/28/2008 9:16:38 AM PST by Rte66
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To: Rte66
To me it is simple.

I just don't see people as colors or nationalities. I judge them on their acts and words, as I should. I then decide whether I want a association or not.

I suppose that if everyone did the same, all these problems would not be possible.

Nobody will ever be allowed to lay a guilt trip on me and I resent the attempts to do so. When that stops, the racial divides will also stop.

The first place to start is to stop naming a month for any race color or creed. The very act is racial on it's face no matter what the intent is.

All this must end before racism is history.

227 posted on 02/28/2008 9:23:58 AM PST by Cold Heat (NO! (you can infer any meaning you choose))
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To: societygirl

That’s what “blacks” want whites to do? “I say never apologize to these race pimps?”

What do you mean by “blacks”? I guarantee you most blacks could give a crap about what Bill O’Reilly said or what Star Jones said about what Bill O’Reilly said. Star Jones deserves discredit here, not “blacks”, who are not some monolithic group identical to another called “race pimps”.

228 posted on 02/28/2008 9:25:37 AM PST by mjolnir ("All great change in America begins at the dinner table.")
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To: John123

No one should be able to tell us what words we can use in conversation. The first amendment guarantees free speech, and that’s exactly what it means.

229 posted on 02/28/2008 9:30:50 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

It WORKS. Especially with black women. You should see the shock on their faces. Another good one is to laugh right in their faces. They completely melt down.

230 posted on 02/28/2008 9:43:18 AM PST by societygirl
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To: Rte66

OHMYGOD, that big, fat, poorly dressed Bahama Mama compared to Jackie, who just rolled over in her grave. She was a fashion model compared to Bahama Mama Michelle.

231 posted on 02/28/2008 9:45:52 AM PST by societygirl
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To: mjolnir

Okay MOST blacks want whites to do the apology bit. Star is trying to stir up blacks. I have experienced it, like we should be “guilty” for slavery. I tell them to can the race-baiting, and I don’t care.

232 posted on 02/28/2008 9:49:42 AM PST by societygirl
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To: The_Republican
“Star is Dumb, but here replacement on view is Dumber. (She didn’t know if the world was round - honest)”

That’s because every time she tried to look at it her torso blocked the view. She thought it was flat because everything that’s even been under her feet ended up that way.(childish enough for ya??? LOL)

233 posted on 02/28/2008 3:34:54 PM PST by RavenATB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have never seen more neurosis on parade than this obsession with racism.

As for my fellow whites.

Grow a pair and stand up for once.

Whites have allowed themsleves to be browbeaten into total submission by folks who simply by and large don’t merit such deference.

This utter spinelessness is what will kill America.

Anyone here think American whites can completely lose their cultural identity and the nation survive as it is has to be delusional.

It goes without saying that PC Freepers who troll threads looking to wag the race bait finger know where I stand.

234 posted on 02/29/2008 3:09:33 AM PST by wardaddy (Obama: The candidate for those who think Deliverance was a documentary.)
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