Bill O’Reilly, well known Republican hack, in today’s (06-01-15) amNewYork column, “City Council sees racism at every turn,” writes about “fabricated racism.” O’Reilly is looking at the City Council’s proposed response to the fact that, according to a UCLA study, New York City’s public schools are among the most segregated schools in the nation. O’Reilly writes that maybe it’s not the school system. Maybe it has more to do with the Black and Latino school children who do so poorly in our City’s public schools. O’Reilly seems to take a page out of the Moynihan report in stating that many of these school children doing poorly in the City’s public schools are in single parent households.
O’Reilly’s thinking is the kind of thinking that gave us the “separate but equal” clause. O’Reilly’s thinking is rooted not simply in the era of Jim Crow, but also antebellum America.
The fact that New York City’s public schools are among the most segregated in the nation
is not a “fabricated” fact.
The problem with O’Reilly and his ilk is that where they claim that progressives see racism everywhere, he and his kind don’t see racism anywhere.