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Bill O'Reilly tweets about Ferguson — and his followers get super racist

It should go without saying -- blow a racist dog whistle and you'll attract some racist dogs


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 10, 2015 7:43PM (UTC)

Black America's Greatest Champion, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, tweeted out a simple, declarative statement about last night's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and the response was, shall we say, an education in the effectiveness of conservative dog whistles.

Conservatives' racist shorthand has reached IRTNOG-levels novel of condensation, such that simply by indicating that there's been "Gunfire at Ferguson protest," O'Reilly's followers knew exactly how to apportion blame -- namely, on the "animals":

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And the "criminals":

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And Louis Farrakhan:

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Or other black leaders:

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Or the Obama administration:

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It could possibly be "their rapist minds" that's the problem:

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Or the fact that they're "vampires":

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But it certainly isn't the police officer's fault:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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