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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:10 AM

I’m Black and I Want More “Stuff” and “Things”: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/11/10



Dear Mr. Bill O’Reilly,

On election night, as it became increasingly clear that Mitt Romney was going to lose the election to Barack Obama, I watched Fox News host Megyn Kelly ask you, “How do you think we got to this point?”

You responded by saying,

'Because it’s a changing country. The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters — many of them — feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama, overwhelming Black vote for President Obama and women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things. And which candidate between the two is going to give them things?'

It is my hope that a great artist takes brush to canvas to capture the contours of your furrowed brow when you uttered the words, “It’s not a traditional America anymore.” It was a look of depraved beauty that made my heart sing. Watching you, Mr. O’Reilly, before a national audience, realize that all of your racist lies and hatred could not change the fact that people of color exist and will not be bowed by your insane denunciations, was an inspiration to me and millions of others.

Yet, on one account, O’Reilly, you are utterly correct: Black people definitely do want “stuff” and “things” as you so eloquently put it. And I am one of them. To very loosely paraphrase the rap crooner of the West Coast, Warren G: I want it all, money, fast public transportation, fully funded public schools, Medicare for all, Social Security, an end to all wars, and every damn thang.

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xchrom Nov 2012 OP
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #1
LeftofObama Nov 2012 #2
Chiquitita Nov 2012 #3
Scuba Nov 2012 #4
Iris Nov 2012 #5

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:17 AM

1. I want what you want!

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:39 AM

2. Add me

to that list!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:48 AM

3. "people of color exist and will not be bowed by your insane denunciations"

This inspires me with so much hope!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:31 AM

4. I want every American to have at least enough education to understand how tides work.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:51 AM

5. Excellent! And it occurs to me that somehow O'Reilly and his ilk are shocked and appalled that

the masses may actually want to have the "stuff" and "things" that white men think they are simply entitled to.

A memory that sticks out in my mind is a woman I worked with in South GA who spoke in disgust about how when the government started giving assistance to the "black folks" in her rural community, they quit working as maids for her family and the other white families. So, basically, she was against welfare programs because they took away her family's cheap source of labor.

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