Am I on Crazy Pills? Wait – Don’t Answer. Just Read.

Proof that Bill O’Reilly Will Always be an Asshat

Ok, y’all. (Yes, I know I am an Indian girl from New Jersey, but I have lived in Virginia long enough to say y’all).

I have not said much about the election this year. I have gotten annoyed at Facebook friends that have also been acting like asshats trying to shove their political beliefs down my throat and talking ignorant shit about BOTH candidates.  I know, I know, let’s move FORWARD.

Ok, I will. I promise. Just give me a second to say something first.

Bill O’Reilly has said something to upset me.

What? Bill O’Reilly? Stop the effing presses. Are you kidding me? When has he ever said anything offensive before? I will give you this, next to Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter, he looks like Gandhi, but still.

Bill. Said. Something. Questionable.

Now the only reason I am not saying that it’s “questionable” versus outright racist, ignorant, blatantly hostile, borderline hate-mongering is because of this. THIS.

People. Well, some people think I am overreacting.

What? Me, overreact? I am like the Dalai Lama. What the HELL are they talking about? I epitomize what the person who invented the saying “cool as a cucumber” was thinking, when they were eating that cucumber.

If you are not going to watch the video, here is the quote that he made when asked why Romney did not win the election.

“The white establishment is now the minority,” he added. “The voters, many of them, feel this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You’re gonna see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things — and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”

Exhale.

I am not questioning any comments around demographics here. In fact, I will confirm the following:

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So, you might ask me, “Well, Kiran, why are you all bent out of shape? Didn’t he just state a fact?”

To which my reply would be, “ARGGGHHHHH. People!!”

No, seriously, my response is, “Look at the other words that fill in the holes. Look at the overall message of that statement. Look at the associations he is creating.”

Some argued with me that O’Reilly is by no means a racist (yeah, huh) and that I am taking his words out of context. But the thing is, context is what I have here.

People feel entitled to things.” Didn’t he just mention Blacks? And Hispanics? And Women? And of course all the other minorities that are part of the rainbow?

If his comment was specifically about people who are receiving entitlements and where their vote went, I could say that the context of saying, “People feel entitled to things.” might even make sense, though I would still be pissed. Entitlement programs are not always there because people feel “entitled” but they are there because people have no options.

Let’s also be clear that part of his message is that it is not the “white establishment” that wants entitlements. It is “the others.” Those crazy minorities who are taking over this country.

In another clip he also talked about “traditional white America.” You know what? I don’t even goddamn know what that means. This country is a country built on immigration, right from when the first ships came over and this land was taken from the Native Americans who lived here. Since then, populations have immigrated to the U.S. en mass. If you are saying that the majority of this country is no longer comprised of only those with a European heritage, I could even fathom that.

There are a few factors here. What we have, is that the scales of immigration have tipped. At some point, the immigrants coming in stopped being less European and became more heavily dominated by other countries. And there are “white” people in every country, so I hate, Hate, HATE this term. It’s extremely ambiguous.

Also, you know what else? A lot of “white America”? Well, they stopped being only a few shades of white. Racial endogamy, while still the norm, is no longer considered the “only” way. Inter-racial marriage has increased significantly in the past few decades. Hey, I am an Indian girl who married a guy who is Italian and Puerto Rican, so I am an example. My kids are still brown, but that’s not the point. My nephew (brown) just married a beautiful Italian girl (white). According to the way race is accounted for in this country, that child will not be considered “white.”

Or should I say, they will not be part of “traditional white America.”

You know, my dad and several uncles came here in the late 60′s. We are assorted shades of brown. My parents worked their ASSES off every freaking day that they were in this country. You know what this is? THAT, is “traditional America.”

Boo-ya.

I was born in this country. “White people” have come here after I was born but would be embraced into the “traditional America” before I ever will no matter how red, white and blue my blood is. The majority of the Black population that made up the electorate population are not recent immigrants. Most of them came over here a long, long time ago (and we’re not even going there).

But you know what? They are “Traditional America” now.

Another point I want to make is that while we are now seeing a turn in the population, the electorate population is still comprised of primarily of whites, though we saw minorities hold enormous influence over the outcome of the election. Those kids that the census results were talking about (see link) – well they aren’t going to the polls yet, O’Reilly.

The polls are still being driven by a majority white population.

Inhale. Exhale.

Ok. I am done. I went on a tangent. I know, I know. Too much caffeine!

I promise that I will NOT GET MAD if you disagree with me. If you tell me I am crazy, I will accept it. You will not be the first. I will listen, take it in and absorb.

I took O’Reilly’s comment one way. Others are taking it another. Where do you stand on this and why? What is this so called “stuff” that I want?

Let’s stay away from hateful or hurtful comments – let’s keep this a productive conversation.

Also – if you like this post, and want to read another, similar but more associated to the facts of the entitlement programs, please read this post by Andrew Heaton.  ”An Election Win Courtesy of Welfare Queens and Takers.” (The title is ironic, yes). 

You will see my good friend John Ahn, Andrew and myself already mired in the against a real, hmm. Firecracker. 

Please come over to Andrew’s blog and help put your opinion in the comments. 

Andrew is one of my new blog besties. He just doesn’t know this yet.

Night ALL!

Kiran

12 Responses to Am I on Crazy Pills? Wait – Don’t Answer. Just Read.

  • I wish I could disagree with you cause it would be fun to have a heated comment exchange with you! Unfortunately, I get it, I hear you and I agree completely. “Asshat” is the word. And I enjoy your passion!

    • Masala Chica says:

      Yeah I get very overheated when it comes to people making ignorant comments around race and adding to the hatred or the polarization of race. It makes me so mad that “asshat” is the nicest word I can come up with!

  • Thank you for this post. Thank you so much.

    I am a white girl from Australia and we are labelled as a racist country – understandably so, given the government’s influence over our mainstream media and “current affairs” shows.

    You are exactly right – it’s the context, it’s the in-between words he used that are the most offensive, and possibly even moreso by the fact that so many people don’t even hear the message being presented within it, including the speaker.

    Please keep speaking your opinion, particularly when it differs from the consensus. It is only through discussion that we will ever evolve from this place.

    • Masala Chica says:

      Thank you for understanding where I am coming from. Sometimes I feel almost like a fringe person in feeling the way i do.

      “it’s the in-between words” sometimes that tell you the most about what the person is trying to say.

      xo.

  • Christine says:

    Such a great post and point. I’m so glad that you wrote this. It is the context and the associations that make a difference. Nothing is clearly cut and dry in this country and it’s so simplistic to paint it as such. And the whole connection between minorities and entitlements makes me angry. A lot. In a lot of ways, I’m really glad that election is over because all the FB/Twitter political chatter was getting to be too much and it was getting so divisive. I hope that moving forward, we can come together to start to heal our country because frankly, it needs a lot of healing.

    • Masala Chica says:

      Yeah – we definitely need to heal. I hope that as we get further away from the election, people step back a little and recognize this stuff as racist or bigoted – everybody is too invested right now in the candidates they supported and things like this become “acceptable.”

      We’ll heal. We just need some time. I hope.
      Kiran

  • Alison
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    Yup, you’re cray cray :)

    Joking. You are not crazy. But I’m not really in any position to comment, since I’m not American. Although because your country is so big and powerful, whoever your President is, it affects the rest of the world. Hence, I’ve been following the election and the outcome (fallout?). Still, not going to comment on the issues.

    Just wanted to say that my husband and I agree that in 100 years, EVERYONE is going to look like our children – neither ‘white’ nor ‘brown’ or ‘yellow’. (yup, interracial marriage here!)

    • Masala Chica says:

      Even though you are British, I very much appreciate your comment. I believe that the President of the United States and the decisions he make will have international consequences so it’s nice to know you have been interested and following along.

      The issues themselves are, in a way, universal. When I look around and see the beautiful children of interracial marriage, I am proud that we as a society have moved past certain barriers and that it’s so much more the “norm” in some places.

      We still have a long way to go though…
      Kiran

  • May says:

    Unbelievable. I had heard the quote, but I normally do not give this jerk the time of day. Watched the clip and shook my head. I am impressed that you can find it within yourself to counter with a literate, intelligent response. I am so sick of the hatred and prejudice spewed on the airways as though it were “news” rather than propaganda.
    These people went to the polls and voted their conscious. Because their conclusion differed from Bill O’Reilly’s we can only assume it has to do with something lacking in their character? Yeah, don’t think so, Bill.
    I am traditional America as defined by Bill himself, Keeper of All That is Good and Right in America). Professional white woman from a two-parent death do you part up-bringing, married myself to the same white guy I married in 1985. Guess what, we and our three grown white establishment children did our patriotic duty on election day then gathered by the television that night and cheered and cried tears of joy as the results came in.
    Don’t speak for me, Bill. You wouldn’t know how.

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  • Dave says:

    The issue I have with most talking heads is 1) they generalize, and 2) they speak about groups of which they have no knowledge. Irony alert, because I am going to do just that when talking about ‘them’ aka the talking heads.

    I realize it is natural to generalize – people are programmed to look for patterns. For example, I am a White Anglo Saxon Protestant male, who was raised in middle class family and still attend church regularly. So I have no business telling you what other demographics think.

    I am not saying don’t make assumptions, just be aware of them. How many people reading this assume they know my political views based on the description above? And please don’t go on television and try to explain what a whole demographic is thinking, especially when you of that demographic. I am qualified to state only what I feel, what my experiences are, why I did what I did. I don’t speak for every WASP any more than I speak for any other demographic.

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