Things got awkward between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons as they discussed racism and crime in the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner
During a recent segment on his show, O’Reilly accused Simmons of not acknowledging the “astronomical level [of] crime rate among young Black men–violent crime rate–[that] drives suspension and hostility on the part of the police.”
A calm Simmons responded,“The way that the police approaches the community is a problem. The police are afraid of the community–that’s true. They require some sensitivity training. That’s the start.”
O’Reilly quickly turned the subject to “Black drug gangs” and insinuated Simmons wasn’t doing enough to stop the drug-related violence in U.S. cities like Chicago’s Southside region. That’s when Simmons responded that he actually has contributed to anti-violence programs in U.S. schools, including Chicago. To which O’Reilly stated that “education was a different thing.”
Apparently blaming drug gangs for everything is valid but any talks of educating black children – not so much?! This is similar to the sentiments shared by other members of the Fox team over the weekend.
Watch the clip for yourself.