Bill O’Reilly opened his show Wednesday night by giving some advice to Oprah Winfrey in light of the controversy surrounding her claims of racism while visiting Switzerland. While O’Reilly defended Winfrey from critics who question the racist intent of the shop clerk who turned her away, he also told the media mogul it’s probably best for her to “ignore” racism like this in the future.
Noting the “heat” Winfrey has received since she first spoke out about her experience, O’Reilly said her “critics are misguided.” He said, “that was Oprah’s experience and she has every right to express her opinions about it. The truth is there are racists. There are people who don’t like women holding power. There are all kinds of loons running around.”
O’Reilly said “unless the situation is serious,” Winfrey and everyone else “should ignore those troglodytes,” adding, “the truth is you are not going to change the minds of the ignorant and it’s not worth the effort in any case.”
He said the fact that Winfrey is now “one of the most powerful human beings on the planet” proves that her race did not hold her back from success. “There is racism in the world,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not going away. And if you can change it, try, but most of the time ignore it. And don’t let it dampen your life.”
out of all the shit, this really pisses me off - "He said the fact that Winfrey is now “one of the most powerful human beings on the planet” proves that her race did not hold her back from success". if anything, it proves that REGARDLESS of a black person's success, they are still treated like they are nothing. that no amount of success can wipe away the inequality that drenches all black people. that no matter how many degrees, how much money they have in their bank, or whether they are the 'leader of the free world', they are still seen as inferior.