Bill O'Reilly Says Black People Should Wear "Don't Get Pregnant At 14" Shirts. What?
If there is any middle aged, white, Republican man who should never be allowed to talk about race it's...well, actually all of them. But this week the award for the worst of the worst goes to Bill O'Reilly for saying that black people should wear "Don't Get Pregnant at 14" shirts (presumably) instead of "I Can't Breathe" shirts. Because policing other people's personal lives should definitely take precedence over seeking to stop police violence and other forms of systemic oppression. Nope.
Now, to be fair, O'Reilly didn't specifically say that black people should be printing up "Don't Get Pregnant at 14" shirts — he just listed it as an example of one of many things that black people should be putting on T-shirts. And he strongly implies that these slogans should be used instead of the currently popular "I Can't Breathe" shirts, to which O'Reilly is clearly referring when he mentions President Obama supporting Lebron James (James recently wore a shirt with the slogan before a game; Obama approved).
And just to make the whole thing even more obnoxious, O'Reilly said all this during a segment featuring Martin Luther King III, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s son. King for his part remains very polite and composed, even in the face of the random question "Do you believe America is a noble nation?" which comes out of nowhere, and seemingly serves no purpose other than to assure everyone that even if racists kill your parent, you're still supposed to love America.
Of course, none of this is out of character for O'Reilly, who in the past has taken issue with Beyoncé for no discernible reason and demonstrated a dislike for Barack Obama that borders on pathological. This also isn't the first time O'Reilly has gotten upset over T-shirts discussing black issues; in 2013, he was outraged that Jamie Foxx wore a Trayvon Martin shirt. Plus, of course, his Ferguson coverage is so heinous not even Jon Stewart can completely wash the bad taste out of your mouth.
Yeah, like I said, when it comes to the national conversation about race in this country, there are some people who clearly have nothing worthwhile to contribute.
Also, am I the only one who noticed he got the date of 9/11 wrong? September of 2001 was 13 years ago, not 12. Whatever happened to "Never Forget"? Or did that not apply to the date?