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So, on this a-hole’s radio show a caller was complaining about Michelle Obama’s remark “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”  

His response?  “I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that sat this is how the woman really feels.  If that’s how she really feels – that it’s a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever – then that’s legit.  We’ll track it down.” 

Miss NJ:  WHAT THE F*CK?!?!?!?!!!!  I need to understand why how and why this man keeps a job when he repeatedly makes ignorant remarks such as this.  However, Star Jones-Reynolds wrote an open letter that responses appropriately.  I have put the entire letter here and I hope you read it because everything she says should have been said long ago. 

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“I’m sick to death of people like Fox News Host, Bill O’Reilly, and his ilk thinking that he can use a racial slur against a black woman who cold be the next First Lady of the United States, give a half-assed apology and not be taken to task and called on his crap.

This week O’Reilly gave the following response to a caller on his radio show who was making unsubstantiated negative charges against presidential candidate Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama:

‘I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that sat this is how the woman really feels.  If that’s how she really feels – that it’s a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever – then that’s legit.  We’ll track it down.’

What the hell?  If it’s ‘legit,’ you’re going to ‘track it down?’  And then what do you plan to do?

How dare this white man with a microphone and the trust of the public think that in 2008, he can still put the words ‘lynch and party’ together in the same sentence with reference to a black woman; in this case, Michelle Obama?  I don’t care how you ‘spin it’ in the ‘no spin zone,’ that statement in and of itself is racist, unacceptable and inappropriate on every level.

O’Reilly claims his comments were taken out of context.  Please don’t insult my intelligence while you’re insulting me.  I’ve read the comments and heard them delivered in O’Reilly’s own voice; and there is no right context that exists.  So, his insincere apology and “out-of-context” excuse is not going to cut it with me.

And just so we’re clear, this has nothing to do with the 2008 presidential election, me being a Democrat, him claiming to be Independent while talking Republican, the liberal media or a conservative point of view.  To the contrary, this is about crossing a line in the sand that needs to be drawn based on history, dignity, taste and truth.

Bill, I’m not sure of where you come from, but let me tell you what the phrase ‘lynching party’ conjures up to me, a black woman born in North Carolina.  Those words depict the image of a group of white men who are angry with the state of their own lives getting together, drinking more than they need to drink, lamenting how some black person has moved forward (usually ahead of them in stature or dignity), and had the audacity to think that they could be equal.  These same men for years, instead of looking at what changes, should and could be made in their own lives that might remove that bitterness born of percieved privilege, these white men take all of that resentment and anger and decide to get together and drag the closest balck person near them to their death by hanging them from a tree — usually after violent beating, torturing and violating their human dignity.  Check your history books, because you don’t need a master’s degree or a law degree from Havard to know that is what constitutes a ‘lynching party.’

Imagine, Michelle and Barack Obama having the audacity to think that they have the right to the American dream, hopes, and ideals.  O’Reilly must really think to himself: how dare they have the arrogance to think they can stand in front of this nation, challenge the status quo and express the frustration of millions?  When this happens, the first thing that comes to mind for O’Reilly and people like him is: ‘it’s time for a party.’

Not so fast…don’t order the rope just yet.

Would O’Reilly ever in a million years use this phrase with reference to Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain or Judi Nathan?  I mean, in all oof the statements an dcriticisms that were made about Judi Nathan, the one-time mistress turned missus, of former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, I never heard any talk of forming a lynching party becasue of something she said or did.

So why is it that when you’re referring to someone whose African-American you must dig to a historical place of pain, agony and death to symbolize your feelings?  Lynching is not a joke to off-handedly throw around and it is not a metaphor that has a place in politcal commentary; provocative or otherwise.  I admit that I come from a place of personal outrage here having buried my 90 year-old grandfather last year.  This proud, amazing African-American man raised his family and lived through the time when he had to use separate water fountains, ride in the back of the bus, take his wife on a date to the ‘colored section’ of a movie theater, and avert his eyes when a white woman walked down the street for fear of what a white man and his cronies might do if they felf the urge to ‘party’; don’t tell me that phrase yous chose, Mr. O’Reilly, was taken out of context.

To add insult to injury, O’Reilly tried to ‘clarify’ his statements, by using the excuse that his comments were reminiscent of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ use of the term ‘high-tech lynching’ during his confirmation hearing.  I reject that analogy.  You see Justice Thomas did not mean to bring up the image of lynching in its racist contect.  He ws saying that politics and the media were using new technology to do to him what had been done to black men for many years — hang him.  Regardless of if you agreed with Justice Thomas’ premise or not — if in fact Bill O’Reilly was referencing it — the context becomes even clearer.

What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O’Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn’t think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us.  Well, he’s dead wrong.  Be clear Bill O’Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman.  And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us.” — Star Jones-Reynolds

Miss NJ:  And I don’t think anymore needs to be said.  Do you?

BK Diva:  Star has it covered boo boo!

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