Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said on his show Monday that those upset by the George Zimmerman verdict either “simply hate America” or “believe the country is flat-out racist.”
Many Americans across the nation have protested in the wake of Zimmerman being found not guilty of any crime in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. During O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo he said those offended by the verdict can be split into two groups: those who hate America and those who are “emotionally invested” in the case because they suffer a “victim mentality.”
“So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,” O’Reilly said. “America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy. Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist. That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system or the social system. Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances. Others are victims of the victim mentality.”
In O’Reilly’s estimation people protesting are simply sore losers.
“Here are a variety of agendas all coming together to protest the Zimmerman verdict,” he said.
On the other hand, aren't the majority of people who demonstrate against anything motivated by some kind of personal experience? Is it wrong to protest sexism, homophobia or racism because you've experienced such inequality in your own life?
O'Reilly also parsed out some rather murky logic: “To believe that the verdict was racist, you have to believe that six women jurors want to harm blacks."
In the end, O’Reilly did not protest the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, so you should not protest this one either.
“While our justice system in fallible – we saw that in the O.J. Simpson case – you simply cannot brand a jury racist without visible proof,” he said.