2014-09-10 00:37:28 UTC
Points" memo on why some African Americans are failing in the market
place. It's mostly about poor education, fractured families and a
culture that doesn't prepare folks who compete in the competitive market
To make that point I compared the African-Americans to Asian Americans.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment for Asians, 4.5
percent. 11.4 percent for blacks. 5.3 for whites.
Out of wedlock births, 17 percent for Asians, 29 percent for whites, a
whopping 72 percent for blacks. It's no question poverty is driven by
lack of education, poor supervision of children and fractured families.
Listen now to a person who dissents from my analysts. Tina Nguyen, from
the Website Mediaite. And you say?
TINA NGUYEN, MEDIAITE.COM EDITOR: I say that your assertion
statistically is correct, but when you break it down from that large
aggregate number it is completely different. While it's true that as a
whole, the Asian American community has succeeded in your terms in terms
of education and income, once you break that down among ethnic groups,
it paints a very different picture.
O'REILLY: Yeah, but it doesn't really matter because the census bureau
which is all of these groups are put together for, Hispanic Americans
come from many, many different countries and cultures, right? But they
are all Hispanic Americans. Now, the fact of the matter is that Asian
Americans have succeeded in the U.S.A. better than any other minority
group. Their per-capita income is higher. Their education is higher.
Their family structure is more intact. So, I'm saying there is no white
privilege. There must be Asian privilege, because the Asians are at the
top of the chart, and the African-Americans are at the bottom of the
NGUYEN: Right. But that's too high a level of distinction to make any
sort of meaningful conclusion of that -- just like based on the actual
Asian American statistics.
O'REILLY: Yes, and statistics tell the story.
NGUYEN: Statistics tell part of the story, Bill, but once you break down
the statistics in my article, I make a distinction between people who
emigrated to the United States for one reason, for instance--
O'REILLY: You can always make that -- look, for African-Americans you
have Caribbean blacks, you have West African blacks, South African
NGUYEN: And if you look in the Census, the distinction is also there as
O'REILLY: That's right, but we're talking about an overall problem. And
education is the key. To have a strong, stable home life that encourages
education as in many, many Asian American homes, you have the kids have
a big advantage. I am saying the culture, the gangsta rappers and all of
this stuff that is permeating big time into the African-American
precincts and especially the poorer ones is harming them, and they have
to change the culture.
NGUYEN: At the same time, I think comparing that culture to Asian
American culture is to use an overused cliche, but I think it fits in
this case, it's comparing apples to oranges.
O'REILLY: We're all Americans. We are all Americans. And if you have a
certain group that's prospering, you should learn from that group and
what that group does well.
NGUYEN: But if you are assuming that African-Americans have a shared
cultural value, and you look at the same with Asian Americans, why is it
that a large percentage of the Asian population is not succeeding by the
metrics that you provide?
O'REILLY: But they are succeeding.
NGUYEN: No, Cambodians--
O'REILLY: Per-capita income is way, way up among the whole group. You
can always take individuals, some fail and some succeed.
NGUEYN: It's not individuals, though. You can actually break this down
by ethnicity. For instance, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese Americans, they
have college graduation rates, college graduation rates above 50
percent. However, if you look from -- at people who generally are
refugees from Southeast Asian wars, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, their
college graduation rates plummet.
O'REILLY: Are lower.
NGUYEN: Much lower.
O'REILLY: But the aggregate you have to go with, because the groups that
you mention that succeed, they have one thing in common. They keep the
NGUYEN: Why is it that a huge segment of the Asian American population
is not --
O'REILLY: It isn't huge, because the stats are so overwhelmingly
successful, that's what I'm trying to get to you. Do you believe that
culture is a poverty driver?
NGUYEN: I think that there are lots of factors playing into poverty.
NGUYEN: Home, absolutely.
O'REILLY: Out-of-wedlock birth.
O'REILLY: Okay. So I'm telling you that that's what has to change in the
African-American community in order for it to rise up the way that Asian
Americans have. We appreciate you coming in. Go ahead, last word.
NGUYEN: No, I don't believe that comparing Asian Americans to African-
Americans makes any sort of meaningful.
O'REILLY: Okay. We respect that, but I have to go with the Census
Bureau. Factor tip of the day.
NGUYEN: I respect you having me on this. (inaudible).
O'REILLY: Sure. Nice to see you.
"President Obama ran on a platform of prosperity, uniting America and a
bold new progressive vision that would provide for the poor and ensure
a permanent level playing field. None of that, none of it has come to
pass. What we have now is declining power overseas that has emboldened
those who attacked us on 9/11, an enormous debt that is not being
controlled, and a porous southern border that the feds cannot or will
not solve. A population of 320 million Americans, many of whom are
apathetic and ill-informed stimulated only, only by individual
pursuits, even if those pursuits harm them."
-- Bill O'Reilly