VIDEO: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes attacks Bill O’Reilly’s comments about race, compares him to ‘American History X’ character

Responding to Bill O’Reilly’s recent comments about African Americans and crime in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes provided a different interpretation of statistics being used by the Fox Host.

On his show All In with Chris Hayes this Friday, Hayes attacked O’Reilly directly, characterizing his rants as implicitly racist with no interest in “helping the actual human beings” who are affected by violent crime.

For people like Bill O’Reilly, there is a zero sum of concern here. For him, this isn’t about his interest in helping the actual human beings being killed on Chicago’s South Side. No. It’s about making a point. A point about the propensity of black people to commit violence, and then tossing them aside as violent people with ‘little discipline’ who are ‘unsupervised’ and ‘prone to imitate bad behavior.’

Hayes went to attack what he believes is O’Reilly’s intellectually dishonest use of statistics.

There are about 200 million white people in America, making up about 63 percent of the population. In 2010, 1,179 white people were killed by black people, Compare that to the roughly 20,000 white people who died from accidental poisoning, 16,000 who died from accidental falls that year, or the 2,000 or so white people estimated who died from accidental drowning. In other words, Bill O’Reilly, you have more reason to be afraid of your own swimming pool than any young black man you see in a hoodie.

Driving home his point, Hayes played a clip from the 1998 movie about neo-Nazi skinheads “American History X,” in which the lead character played by actor Edward Norton says that white people “aren’t offing each other in record numbers all over America. Look at the statistics for Christ’s sake. One in every three black males is in some phase of the correctional system. Is that a coincidence or do these people have some sort of racial commitment to crime?”

Watch the “All In with Chris Hayes” segment in the video below.



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    Bob Cull

    July 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Too many look at the raw statistics and see it as the tell all, it is not. As was brought up in the clip, it is more a factor of poverty than it is of race. You see higher crime rates among black youth not because of their rae but because there is a higher level of poverty. People such as O’Reilly, Hannity and Coulter, only stoke the fires of racism when they constantly bring up these misleading statistics. There is a big difference between causality and correlation.

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    sam delll

    July 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    if you cant acknowledge your community has a problem, how can you fix it? all I hear is how cops,, boss’s, store owners, etc. etc give blacks a hard time. when does the black community WONDER AND TRY TO FIX IT??? don’t expect white America to do it, because apperantly wed all be racist like bill oreilly for saying what is obvious, yet the black leaders always blame everyoneelse as black kids drown in poverty and gang life.the whole situation is sad and many of us white folk would almost rather write off the black community as were racist either way!

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    Bob Cull

    July 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    That is not at all what’s going on, Sam. Perhaps I should amend that and say that is EXACTLY what is going on…attitudes like yours! You want to blame an entire community because of the actions of what is actually a small proportion of their comunity. You don’t even consider what the causal factors may be in that community either. You simply condemn an entire race out of hand! You, sir are beyond despicable!

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    sam dell

    July 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    THE STATS ARE THE STATS.!!!! THERE IS NO MISLEADING!!! look at black neighborhoods in the 50’s and 60’s when the family unit was much stronger. just look at pictures during mlk. welfare, enabling, and excuses has created these urban crime areas, period! every other community grew out of poverty. irish, Italian, jewish, etc. etc. there was crime and poverty, but there was no welare and/or excuses to BREED MORE OF IT!! it was sink or swim and it took a strong family to get out. you can break free of poverty, but not when the govt. and liberals encourage or excuse bad behavior due to it.

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    sam dell

    July 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    keep blaming and excusing and see where that gets you! this is why many think nothing will ever change. its up to you to change your situation and if you cant get the obstacles that are in your way, YOU WILL NEVER BETTER YOURSELF! you cannot change your environement. you can only change yourself and how you cope with it. very, very sad and white America is damned for helping and damned for not, because I HAVE ENOUGH RESPECT FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO BE HONEST. I tell my children everyday that if they use my money then they will abide by my rules and follow my instructions. when you depend on others to survive you should expect others to demand results. we are not ready for the truth as this report clearly states.

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    sam dell

    July 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    your right bob! its everyone else’s fault! bill o’reilly and I are despicable! UNFORTUNATELY ME AND BILL PROBABLY RAISE OUR CHILDREN LIKE WE SPEAK HERE AND NOW AND THIS IS WHY THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE. you will never get it and are part of the problem. bill, me, and many elitist liberals raise our children to HAVE TO COMPETE, TO HAVE TO TRY HARDER, TO HAVE TO GET PAST OTHER PEOPLE’S PREJUDICES AGAINST US BE IT BEING SHORT, FEMALE, WHITE,BLACK,HISPANIC,GAY, WHATEVER!!! even though the elitist liberals try and act in solidarity with the black community, the reality is they have another set of rules for their own children. some people can’t handle the truth and are left behind. obviously you are with the al sharptons of the world who want to condemn others rather then PREACH RESPONSIBILITY AND INDIVIDUALISM. I don’t care. do what you will. your not helping anyone and its a shame, but maybe that’s the will of man. I don’t make excuses for my own children let alone others. its easy to give people what they want instead of stand up to let them know that its up to them to better their situations. enjoy enabling people instead of helping my friend!

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    Bob Cull

    July 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    So you raised your kids to be racists too, is that supposed to be a badge of honor? It’s not! It is a good share of what adds to the things that you decry in the black community, Sam. You and O’Reilly are not “true” patriots and you are certainly not the ideal for what makes this country great, you are a large part of what is tearing the country down! Your ignorance is accentuated by your liberal use of caps, it is one of the favorite ploys of the unpatriotic right, don’t let the other guy speak, shout him down and for God’s sake do not get an education or open your mind, those are evil traits of those demonic liberals. Education does not destroy anything other than ignorance, it is good for the nation and it is what built it.

    I most certainly have done my part too! I raised three great children who have raised eight more between them and not a one of them is a racist right wing nut job who wants to install a fascist government, for and of the corporate overlords.

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    Samuel L. Chang

    September 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I can’t help but LOL at this, and here’s why: Bill reports pointless statistics, only to be refuted by Hayes and more pointless statistics. Neither one attempts to dissect the real problem. I’m not even sure what Hayes’ argument is. They like to throw numbers around, that’s for sure. But NEVER ONCE between these two shine-boxes do they talk about what it will take to make those numbers go away and cultivate a society that can live in harmony. Instead, watching these two is like watching an episode of Tom & Jerry that NEVER ENDS.

    Sam, your argument about personal responsibility is empty, and the reason it’s empty is because it isn’t reality. You can’t put yourself in those shoes. Environment breeds behavior, Psychology (science) has PROVEN THIS TO BE A FACT. The problem in the URBAN community (sick of this BLACK community bs) is NOT welfare. It’s the environment itself… violent crime, police brutality, lucrative black market, drug addiction, fatherless children, underfunded & overpopulated schools, failing infrastructure… all of these (and many more) are contributing factors. It is up to us AS A SOCIETY to fix these problems if we want them to go away. Instead, we live in our gated neighborhoods and ignore these problems as if they didn’t exist, yet we get upset when they rear their ugly heads.

    America will never change. It doesn’t want to. There is too much fear, hatred, and distrust amongst it’s peoples to ever have a legitimate chance to succeed as a society (like Japan where they have 2 gun deaths a year nationwide) but you’ll all try to crap on me and the idea of a society that can live in harmony, where people can achieve their goals and be individuals without being patronized by their peers or forgotten about by their government.


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