Jarrett, O’Reilly Debate ‘Gangsta’ Culture

jarrett and oreillyBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly and White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett’s discussion on President Barack Obama’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative veered into a jab at rappers and the so-called “gangsta” culture.

O’Reilly conceded that the president’s initiative could be helpful in closing the achievement gap for black youths, but he accused the Obama administration of missing the real things that could help like mentors for students and teaching children to read. He said Obama should tell children not to get pregnant out of marriage among other things he believes would help.

After O’Reilly named his list, he went on to bemoan the influence of ‘gangstas.’ He said the administration should “attack the fundamental disease” by getting “people like Jay Z, alright, Kanye West, all these gangster rappers to knock it off.”

Jarrett refused to take the bait, sticking to her position that young blacks do not lack for positive role models.

“What we showed today is that there is evidence out there of wonderful role models,” Jarrett said. “We have to take them to scale.”

“Are you just blowing off my ideas here?” O’Reilly asked at one point.

O’Reilly claimed that the initiative’s target boys could not possibly know who Colin Powell was, saying that they instead follow athletes and rappers.

“It’s the gangsta rappers, the athletes, it’s these tattoo guys… You got to get them in there to tell these kids that you’ve got to stop the disruptive behavior or you’re going to wind up in a morgue or in prison,” O’Reilly said.

“I think don’t underestimate those children,” Jarrett said, pointing out that the president and the first lady were “perfect” role models for today’s youth.

Source: theroot

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com

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6 Responses to Jarrett, O’Reilly Debate ‘Gangsta’ Culture

  1. ana March 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Two wrongs do not make a right,just as we expect government to be held accountable, the media must also be held accountable…Freedom of speech is not free; it has cost,limits and high risks and requires due diligence. Something Bill O’Racist/Riley certainly lacks…We know more about what Libel is and why one must speak responsibly,objectively and with integrity…White House Senior Advisor,Valerie Jarrett did a brilliant interview with Bill O’Racist/Riley, she kept her composure and integrity and most of all, she would not allow O’Racist/Riley to malign her response….She did a great job at recognizing her present source.

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  2. Dark Chocolate March 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    As long as we know what we are up against, there is hope.

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  3. Dark Chocolate March 1, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    parents have to step up to the plate and stop expecting school teachers to do the impossible. The President is a role model for some but not for those with the “gangsta” attitude.

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  4. John Lindsay March 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Is Bill O’Liely some type of expert in this area?!
    NOPE.
    Hence, WHY….listen to him?!

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  5. Imhotep March 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Any of you Negroids that agree with this cracker are truly stupid and suffer from self hate and Stockholm Syndrome! ! I did counseling at a Methadone clinic and 90% of the darn addicts coming in buying the drugs were white folks! $ Why don’t he talk about what ails his folks! Plenty of trash to go around! I’m tired of yall sick azz Negroids! Do you think he would ever agree with a black person speaking about the ills of white folks? Heck naw !! Y’all are in mental bondage! I’m out!! Sankofa! !

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  6. Imhotep March 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    http://www.us-organization.org/nguzosaba/NguzoSaba.html. Read these principles and digest them into practice. Especially the first two for you cracker lovers!! Hotep

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