By now I am sure we have all heard the repugnant remarks made by FOX television host Bill O’Reilly; when referencing U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd district, Maxine Waters, hair to “James Brown’s wig”. Though I did not create this blog to become a political forum for those or myself to argue political views of the left or right, I do feel that it is necessary to highlight events that need to be addressed or acknowledged that deal directly with the black community.
Rep. Waters have been very vocal about President Trump and his cabinet and was none the less vocal in an Interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In”, when she referred to Trump’s cabinet as “a bunch of scumbags”. Rep. Waters has also been very vocal about the lack of patriotism President Trump and his cabinet has been , stating “they turn a blind eye to the destruction he is about to cause to this country”. Well when Bill O’ Reilly was asked for his thoughts on Waters’ comment, he opted out the discussion by poking fun at her hair, by saying “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig”
This is the very disrespectful, childlike, inappropriate behavior that I think we all expected from Mr. O’Reilly. The fact that O’ Reilly decided to avoid the topic and go on comedic tirade like a high school bully shows O’ Reilly lack of understanding the sensitivity of ones culture as well as disregard to the those who have deceased. Clearly, Bill O’ Reilly has no tact and could care less if fiber of this country maintains its patriotism or not.
Since those remarks, Bill O’Reilly has issued a somewhat condescending apology. Waters has also since tweeted Tuesday night: “I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I am not going anywhere”. I commend Rep. Waters on stick-to-it-ness and firm beliefs, however question our black men and where were they to back, support, and stand up for sister Waters when the unhooded reporter came out to expressed his Jim crow form of mockery. Where is Mr. Steve Harvey, who has been in dire need to not only visit the President but criticized Snoop Dogg and Bow Wow about recent comments concerning President Trump.
Unity amongst the men of color is not just necessary, it is a must. But this does not come without the responsibilities we must take on when defended and standing up for our sisters of color. If we do not take a stance for those who are making sacrifices and have served as a pillar of our community then how can we expect those who oppose us to show any respect towards our daughters, sisters and mothers.
Once again, I commend Rep. Waters in all that she has accomplished as well as accomplishing. Her ability to speak out against Trump, and his cabinet has not fell short and rank within 7 out of 10 needed, when cleaning out their impurities. Her words flow clear and direct with fear of flaw as alkaline water, clearing out the acidic that causes such an imbalance in todays government.
– Lee A. Prophet, Editor in Chief