Fox News host Bill O’Reilly admitted that he had been avoiding discussing the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile because “emotions were white hot.”
After the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas, O’Reilly persuaded Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau to come on his show to discuss the recent events. The Fox News host conceded that police had to make some major changes and then began to lecture him about what “white Americans” think.
“You know what I think,” O’Reilly began. “I think if you really want, if African Americans really want to bring the country together, and have good racial relations, they have to distance themselves from Black Lives Matter. Am I wrong?”
“No, I disagree with you,” Shelton replied. “I believe in my conversations with leaders of Black Lives Matter, and even my participation in a demonstration when we marched from the Capital building here in Washington DC and to the White House in a very peaceful demonstration with a number of members of Congress in much the same way those matched in Dallas, Texas, we saw things very differently.”
“I will submit to you tonight, and there are millions of people watching right now, that there are very few white Americans who respect Black Lives Matter, just because of what they did last night in Oakland,” O’Reilly flatly stated. “Just because of what they are doing right now in front of the White House.”
“White Americans despise this crew,” O’Reilly continued. “And if black Americans don’t understand that — we’re just going to grow farther apart.”