Bill O’Reilly’s Lynching Party and Michelle Obama

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Keith Olbermann brings on Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson to discuss the horrific history behind Bill O’Reilly’s casual and callous use of the phrase “lynching party” in reference to Michelle Obama’s quote about being really proud of this country and the implications one may draw from it.

You know what lynching was? Lynching was a horrific practice of murder, torture, dismemberment, burning alive, hanging, and the only purpose of lynching was to perpetuate white supremacy in the Jim Crow south. It wasn’t…the idea of course, wasn’t to lynch all black people, but by lynching a few black people…not a few, by lynching some black people to demonstrate to other African Americans that this could happen to you, that you have no power, that we have all the power, and that we can take anything we want from you, including your life. There’s nothing funny about lynching. There’s certainly nothing at all funny or remotely appropriate about the use of a lynching reference to talk about Michelle Obama. And the word “unless” followed by “we’ll track it down,” is way beyond the pale.

O’Reilly said on his radio show…
“I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that’s legit. We’ll track it down.” 

He decided to fact check before letting a caller say something bad about Mrs. Obama.  For that I had to say “WOW, O’Reilly is fact checking now??”.  I wish he would get his facts straight more often.  Opps, sorry!  What am I saying??  He’s all about HIS opinions.


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5 responses to “Bill O’Reilly’s Lynching Party and Michelle Obama

  1. Mari-Djata

    I don’t understand how all of this old time racial language is becoming cool again. I have never heard the word “lynching” outside of a classroom before now. I have never seen a noose outside of an educational video before now. I know that there are boiling racial tension in America, but 2007 and, so far, 2008 has been as productive as the 1800s.

  2. c

    O’Reilly is a box of rocks.

    i read an excellent post about Michelle Obama’s comment at Theory My Culture on wordpress.

  3. Everybody that is disgusted by O’ Reilly should boycott the companies that adverstise on that show and the entire Fake News channel for that matter! If we keep talking about O’ Reilly, we’re giving him more power and credibility that translates into more rating and more money for that racist bigot. Call, fax, e mail those companies and let them hear our 2 cents about O’racist….that is the only solution, in my opinion.

  4. I agree with MiMi however i am afraid that it may turn out the same way Don Imus situation did. “a tap on the ass and back to class” ordeal.



  5. yvonnjanae

    Let’s rise above and ignore it. You only give it power if you appear to let it bother you.

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