Last night on Fox News, during a conversation about sending military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border, host Bill O’Reilly suggested that a larger show of soldiers would “intimidate” drugs dealers from entering the country. But as he made his point about cocaine dealers, O’Reilly asserted that Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill, an African American Studies professor from Columbia, “kinda look[s] like one a little bit.” Hill, who was dressed in a suit and tie, laughed off the awkward moment, retorting “as do you,” and joked that to be “even,” O’Reilly looks “like a cocaine user”:
OREILLY: I don’t need IEDs. If I have 10,000 guard down there, that’s an intimidating force. That intimidates. Say you are a cocaine dealer, and you kinda look like one a little bit–
HILL: As do you, you, in fact, look like a cocaine user. So we’re even.
OREILLY: I know, I’m too thin. I’m twitchy. [...]
O’Reilly is no stranger to racial stereotypes and inflammatory racial rhetoric. In 2007, O’Reilly declared his surprise that “there was no difference” between Sylvia’s, an upscale Harlem restaraunt, and other New York restaurants. “I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship,” said O’Reilly before adding, “there wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.” In another instance during his unsuccessful radio program, O’Reilly warned listeners that proponents of inclusive immigration reform wanted to “change the complexion” of America. (HT: Gawker)