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O'Reilly's Advice to Solve All Problems in Black Communities: Peer Pressure

Bill O'Reilly is worried about premarital pregnancies in Black America, and he has the solution, of course.
 
 
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Bill O’Reilly has not run out of advice for the African American community. In fact, on Thursday, he offered his white-male expertise on how to prevent unintended pregnancy among Black women. Characteristically refusing to acknowledge how racial oppresion affects Black communities, O'Reilly reverted to the claim that "White people do not force black people to have babies out of wedlock. That's a personal decision."  

To prevent what he called "the collapse of the family, traditional family in the African American precincts," Riley said he's got the solution: Peer pressure Black women into not getting pregnant until they are married. 

As he said to Democratic strategist James Carvelle: "73% for African Americans. 52% for Latino families and 26% for out of wedlock whites. It's a catastrophe at 73%, so I want a big public campaign, funded by the federal government to go in and tell the girls and the young ladies, "Don't do this. This condemns you to poverty. It is destructive to your child. Wait until you have a stable situation to become pregnant. Would you get behind that campaign?" 

“I would get behind if it had comprehensive sex education and had easy access to contraception,” Carville replied, to which O'Reilly responded, “That’s all adjacent."

“No, it’s not," Carville retorted, "I think the idea that the federal government is going to tell a 17-year-old that you just wait and you don’t have sex, I don’t think that’s going to be effective.”

“It has nothing to do with sex, it has to do with getting pregnant,” said O'Reilly.

“Well, you know, one leads to the other,” Carville observed. “Let’s really fund Planned Parenthood.”

“So, you don’t want peer pressure brought, you want to fund, fund, fund!” O’Reilly said excitedly,“More money, more money.”

(Don't forget that O'Reilly had previously stated he wanted a peer pressure campaign "funded by the federal government.")

“Absolutely. I want easy access to contraception,” Carville replied.

“Why don’t we just have the Good Humor man have contraception on the ice cream truck?” O’Reilly asked. “Come on, James, it’s all about a societal attitude.”

“The federal government is not going to stop young people from having sex,” Carville said.

“It’s going to discourage! Actively discourage! Peer pressure!” O’Reilly shouted. “Jay Z, the multimillion dollar man, have him get out and do a couple public service announcements.”

Once again, O'Reilly is downplaying racial oppression to point fingers at Black communities and demand public shaming rather than equality, including in access to contraception. Will he ever shut up?

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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