The Color of Hope

The Color of Hope
by Bill O'Reilly

My friend Charles Krauthammer, a thinking man's pundit, believes some problems cannot be solved. Charles points to the Palestinian-Israeli situation and to the collapse of the traditional black family in America. I disagree. It is possible to change black attitudes but it will take a dynamic person to lead the way.

The primary reason that Trayvon Martin is not alive today is that George Zimmerman feared him. Making his neighborhood watch rounds, Zimmerman saw a young man wearing clothing that unsettled him. Zimmerman profiled the teenager and from there things rapidly got out of control.

There is a perception in America that young black males can be trouble. According to a study out of Northeastern University, black men between the ages of 14 and 24 commit homicides at a rate ten times that of young white and hispanic males combined. This disturbing fact drives profiling and fear.

The reason that crime among young black males is so intense is the collapse of the traditional black family. Fifty years ago, the out-of-wedlock birth rate among African-Americas was 25%. Today it is nearly 73% and growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By contrast, 29% of white babies and 53% of hispanic children are born out-of-wedlock.

Single parent situations drive poverty and often lead to unsupervised kids. Many boys growing up without fathers often feel angry and abandoned. Thus, they seek comfort in all the wrong places.

President Obama and our leaders in Washington surely understand the root of the black crime problem. So do self-appointed civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But they rarely discuss the matter in public. That might anger their constituency and be bad for business.

When was the last time you saw a demonstration discouraging young black girls from getting pregnant outside of marriage? When was the last time the President held a press conference on the issue? When was the last time we saw the federal government put out a public service ad encouraging children to reject drugs and violence?

Maybe Jay Z could do such an ad. How about Lil Wayne? Kanye West? These guys make millions rapping about dubious behavior. Sometimes they glamorize it. So why don't they lead the charge to improve things on the south side of Chicago and other places under siege?

There was plenty of outrage in the black precincts over the Zimmerman verdict. Understandable. But there is little national anger over thousands of African-Americans being gunned down in the streets by out-of-control young men, the vast majority of them black.

Until the American leadership begins to encourage the return of the traditional black family, the enormous problems of black poverty and crime will continue. And the fear of young black men will continue. And the death of innocents will continue.

Maybe Jay Z can rap about that.

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    Does Bill O’Reilly really believe that Barack H. Obama gives a crap about the plight of young blacks in America? If he does I have any number of bridges for sale. It is more than likely that Barack H.Obama was complicit in the murder of Donald Young and Larry Bland, his two black homosexual friends from Jeremiah Wright’s church. Donald Young was also made part of Obama’s campaign team and was investigating the allegations made by Larry Sinclair for the campaign. Sinclair had filed a sworn affidavit that he was in the back seat of a limo with Obama working on his “plumbing” while Obama was smoking crack cocaine. Sinclair passed part of the lie detector exam, or all things, it was the part concerned with the crack cocaine. The murders are still unsolved. So if Obama was willing to have two good black homosexual friends sacrificed for the cause does O’Reilly really believe Obama gives a crap?

    • Bob Hadley

      It sounds like you bought a bridge to nowhere

  • GodBlessAmerica

    I disagree with calling Bill O’Reilly a hatemonger, or anyone for that matter, without proof. Agree with him or not, he is telling the truth and backing the truth with FACTS. His article is correct, and it is shameful that no one in the black leadership, or congress, or the senate, are doing anything about young black men dying in the streets. If the powers that be keep us distracted with the Trayvon Martin case, which is an absolute tragedy, they can avoid tackling the real problem of racial inequality driven by poverty. This is a business for the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. If they can spout hyperbole about racism and keep the races apart, then they can continue to be in the spotlight which translates to money and power. It is totally upside down for men of the cloth to divide the races. O’Reilly’s color has nothing to do with this, nor mine, nor yours. It’s about our young people. Read his words, listen to him, and if he’s not telling the truth, you’ll know it. Then you’ll be arguing with the truth.

  • Wil

    GBA, Bill O’Reilly is on TV every night What he says and does matters! BTW, which facts do you disagree with?

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Bill O’Reilly is all about ratings. He doesn’t give a rats ass about black America. The plight of minority America will never touch his lilly white butt. There is not a hat in America that will fit around his big head. His ego is so big he has to walk into Fox sideways.

  • Wil

    People, Don’t forget, this is coming from the guy who reportedly pulled strings to have his local police investigate the detective he thought was his wife’s paramour, who quickly settled a sexual harassment suit against him, probably spending millions to do so, and who exhibited something a lot of us would call “bad behavior” on the air when he screamed,

    “We’ll do it live, f*** it!”

    But, O’Reilly earns a lot of money for his hate mongering so maybe that doesn’t count in his mind. Plus, of course, he’s white.

    So I hate to say this, Bill, but some of that bad behavior those kids might
    be imitating could very well be your own making.

    • GodBlessAmerica

      Hate mongering? Your rant is baseless, and before you comment, do your research and get your facts together. Again, and you’ve proven O’Reilly’s point, you’re distracting from the real problem, a problem that is pulling this country apart. It is you who is hateful. We’re not talking about O’Reilly’s personal life–rebut THE FACTS. I think this topic is over your head intellectually.

      • DonaldYoungsRevenge

        Bill O’Reilly slanders anyone who dare point out the fraudulent and criminal activity committed by Barry Soetoro (aka Barack H. Obama, Barry Obama, Barack Obama Soebarkah, pick one he has used them all at one time or another). One would think a guy with all that money would take on these amazing patriots who have been investigating Obama for over five years now, the last two by law enforcement officers with more than a century of experience. If he is afraid to tackle the fraud himself he should be contributing to the investigation after all this is the Scandal of the Century for crying out loud. It make past scandals look like a walk in the park.

  • souvoter

    You would make an excellent potus, Bill. Bold and Fresh!!!!!

    • Wil

      Just stay off the phone with your co-workers
      O’Reilly. It wasn’t the Government that stole that chunk of your money. Andrea Mackris grabbed a large chunk of it!