Bill O'Reilly: "White privilege" gives people an excuse to fail

... he said, betraying his total misunderstanding of the idea

Published October 17, 2014 2:11PM (EDT)

  (Frank Micelotta/invision/AP)
(Frank Micelotta/invision/AP)

On Wednesday evening, Bill O'Reilly debated Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" regarding the existence of white privilege, during which time O'Reilly refused to believe that black people were at a disadvantage because the president is black and Oprah Winfrey is really rich.

O'Reilly followed up on his show on Thursday evening during which time he essentially said that he believed black people had it harder; he just didn't want to use the term "white privilege" to talk about it because it made people feel bad.

“I say it is indeed harder for African-Americans to succeed but pushing the ‘white privilege’ theory creates victimization,” O’Reilly said. “It gives people an excuse to fail or to do bad things. What happened in the past is important to understand, but creating current policy around it is foolish.”

So yeah, we were pretty shitty to minorities in the past, O'Reilly essentially argued, but stop whining about it because we're not going to help you today.

"Stewart and I always have lively debates, and there are no hard feelings," he said. "That's the way it should be: If you disagree with someone, hold your ground, but don't get angry."

By Joanna Rothkopf

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