Sunday, February 24, 2008

Star Jones Disses Bill O'Reilly & Lynch Mob

I have never liked Star Jones - former attorney, chatterer on The View. A thief according to some, gastric bypass star, and all around bigmouth. And of course no one with a clear head listens to Bill O'Reilly, pointless commentator, brief teacher, and serial bigmouth.

STAR: 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.

O'REILLY: "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 America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit. We'll track it down."

STAR: 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.

I doubt O'Reilly's comment would have received any attention had not Black America's best friends, such as Huffingtonpost Jones, progressive pundit Olbermann, etc., received their memos to yap about it.

In yet another pointless media blip Star Jones presents herself as spokesperson for "all of us" and confronts the O'Reilly lynch mob.

Who the hell watches O'Reilly but other gasbags and folks in confinement? Bill O' craved a publicity fix, and got it. Media smegma like O'Reilly are for right freeper/left loonie entertainment - nothing else.

You know what annoys me? Jones comes not using the language of her impressive educational credentials or her experience as a district attorney - she comes to call O'Reilly "on his crap" with her hands on her hip, bobbing and weaving her head, reinforcing the stereotype of the angry, ignorant, loud Black woman - the total opposite of Michelle Obama. Jones comes off like a ghetto momma standing in the street screeching about somebody dissin' her, or messin' with her man, or gittin' in her face 'bout sumpin' and the ho' gonna git theys ass kicked.

Bubba, ever consider that our "progressive" friends are as ignorant as O'Reilly - and just as intentional?

6 comments:

Mike Belgrove said...

Bill is a clown and some others on the far right are just as bad. It just bothers me so much that race is such an issue in the current presidential race. Another writer over on Highbrid Nation wrote a piece about how very recently Repulicans have been surveying college students to see how far they could push the racial stereotype language before people would say its too much. How crazy is that?! It'd be nice if we could judge these candidates on their leadership skills and nothing else. I know, thats not gonna happen.

Kate-A said...

Mike,
Not surprising, as pols always have their fingers focused in the wind - the poll also included gender stereotyping.

All that money - I bet for half the price I could have told the GOP no blonde or Black jokes allowed.

Interesting that Politico may have had the story first, whose publisher is Robert Allbritton, who was chairman of Riggs Bank, which was accused of hiding assets for Pinochet. Maybe someone has an axe to grind.

BlackBearInTX said...

Kate,

While I agree with you taking umbrage with the intelligent segment of the black culture being (again) represented by someone who is educated enough to know better, yet dumb enough to still unwittingly be a pawn, I have to wonder if in some way you aren't silently contributing to the conservative clamor just a bit by knocking on a fellow african-american...it's not to say that being black should grant a "life-time" pass, but aren't we supposed to be lifting each other up? And why knock others for calling Bill out on his disparaging remarks? Do you truly believe if we ignore the problem it will go away? If we don't make white people accountable for what they say, how can we expect them to be accountable for what they DO? Just recently, a white male was not charged with shooting two dark-skinned hispanic males in the back...white people call him a hero (they were alleged burglers) and people of color see that a major injustice had occurred. Should we not speak about this as well? If you read the details of the situation as is, not to mention the fact he shot these alleged criminals in the back, the situation cries for justice. Are we to remain mute? Pretend that racism doesn't continue to exist in this country? I'm sick of hearing "get over it" when the problem still hasn't appropriately been addressed. I would feel much better if someone white would just stand up and say, "I don't like/trust black people." Am I naive enough to believe they all feel that way? No! Just like not all black people dislike/hate/distrust white people (although, I would have to say, that trust is harder to share, if I am being completely honest.) White people adamantly refuse to acknowledge any culpability just because, "I didn't own any slaves." Like that's all there is to racism! It's the tacit ignorance that makes it all the more incendiary. Don't insult those of us who truly ARE intelligent, who understand that the democrats and republicans are just two hands of the same beast, and who know that our culture can only be saved by casting napalm on all the ignorance and razing it publicly and honestly. We don't all have to like each other; we need to get off that concept. Fortunately, there's enough room for us not to be forced to deal with each other if we don't want to- like change the channel if you don't like what's on and move on about your business. And it's time we accept that there's nothing wrong with that.

Autumn Anderson said...

Just a point of clarification, what is posted on this blog is a very small portion of what Star Jones said. I am not sure where you got your information from. The excerpts that you posted do make it look as if she didn't deliver as intelligent of a response as she did.

Here is the rest...
'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.
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 their 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 they 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 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 are: '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 lynching 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

Autumn Anderson said...

After reading her entire response, do you still stand by your previous post?

Kate-A said...

Still stand by it.

Jones and O'Reilly both are hotair.

I'm sick of "problem profiteers" who jump on every word that is not politically correct. I don't think O'Reilly stupid enough to have used the word "lynching" in some sort of covert/code way of relaying that he detests and wants to hang successful Black Americans.

Besides, where's all that "free speech" progressives screech about.

I think we all know O'Reilly was clueless with his foot in his mouth when he said the word "lynch." And we knew self-appointed progressive Black "leaders" would jump on it just as they did with the drooling old creep Imus - who's comment was totally uncalled for as those girls were not political figures or celebrities, both groups whom I consider open to intense criticism.

Time to grow up folks. O'Reilly doesn't like Michelle Obama. So what? If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

As for the poster stating "If we don't make white people accountable for what they say, how can we expect them to be accountable for what they DO?"

Now lemme see - when we talk about holding Black people accountable for what they say and do - what's it called? Isn't that republican code for institutional oppression?

Even liberals had a problem with Obama's father's day speech about Black men taking responsibility for what they do.

Stop picking off nits from blowhards like O'Reilly and get a real cause.

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