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Bill O’Reilly Clashes with Civil Rights Leader Michael Meyers On African-Americans and Violent Crime

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Bill O’Reilly Clashes with Civil Rights Leader Michael Meyers on African-Americans and Violent Crime

On “The Factor” tonight, Bill O’Reilly went head-to-head with President and Executive Director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition Michael Meyers over violent crime committed by African-Americans.

Meyers recently wrote on The Huffington Post, “If true be told, crime is an individual act; it’s an individual thing. Crime is not a racial group or a skin color. In this regard, there is no such thing as ‘the black male’ much less a ‘black male problem’ in America any more than there is or once was an ‘Italian male problem’ or an ‘Irish male problem,’ when society casually stereotyped and blamed ‘the’ Italian and Irish communities for organized crime and street gangsterism.”

O’Reilly argued that it comes down to statistics, pointing out that in 2013, African-Americans committed almost 54 percent of murders despite only accounting for 13 percent of the population.

“I don’t care what color you are,” Meyers said. “Thugs are thugs, and we need equal protection of the law from thugs.”

O’Reilly said the crux of the matter is that the black crime problem exists and it will never be solved by white people.

“It has to be solved through peer pressure by other black people, just as the jihad has to be solved by Muslims,” O’Reilly said.

“That it is so nonsensical,” Meyers said. “Look, law enforcement has to be effective in every community. No black family is any more effective or less effective than a white family in terms of controlling their children.”

“You know that’s not true!” O’Reilly said.

“You are painting black men as society’s moral monsters,” Meyers stated. “Quit it!”

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