Wow, Bill Oâ€™Reilly went to a restaurant run by colored people, and guess what! They were acting perfectly normal!
After going out to dinner at
Sylvia’s, a famous restaurant in Harlem, Bill O’Reilly reported that he “had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful,” adding: “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.” Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on culture, O’Reilly asserted: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.” O’Reilly also stated: “I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They’re getting away from the Sharptons and the [Rev. Jesse] Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They’re just trying to figure it out. ‘Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it.”
Itâ€™s just amazing how black Americans have progressed, and Bill Oâ€™Reilly was there to witness it.
Myself, I have few gifts to give to the struggle for justice, but I humbly offer this — I eat out a lot. Iâ€™ll go to any restaurant that looks good, and Providence is restaurant heaven. Thereâ€™s also a lot of art openings where you can chow down on wine and cheese for free. (Not that Iâ€™m disrespecting the art.) I even go to May Breakfast at conservative Christian churches. Iâ€™m proud to say, that if you feed me I will be there.
I seldom go to New York City, so Iâ€™ve never been to Sylviaâ€™s restaurant in Harlem, but Iâ€™m one of her customers. She has a line of canned goods that you can get at the supermarket. Her greens were central to one of my failed diet plans. (Low fat, high nutrition.)
So Iâ€™m hoping Bill didnâ€™t embarrass the white race while he was at Sylviaâ€™s.
A few months ago my car broke down on Federal Hill. I had a few hours to wait for repairs, so I decided to have lunch at Tinaâ€™s Caribbean. Tina was there, cooking.
I was the only white person in the restaurant.
No one refused to serve me.
They didnâ€™t make me wait a long time.
Everyone was pleasant.
Tinaâ€™s food is always excellent.
I only wish that the same could be said for all white restaurants when black people are customers.
But itâ€™s just amazing how white Americans have progressed. When I go down South to visit my husbandâ€™s family we are a mixed racial group. We go to local and big chain restaurants and the staff is always courteous and charming. In fact, to a Rhode Islander the politeness quotient is very high. Weâ€™re nice in Rhode Island, but not effusive, generally.
You donâ€™t have to get on a plane to go somewhere new. Just get out the yellow pages and look at the restaurants and find yourself a cultural experience. Donâ€™t worry about the calories, youâ€™re doing it for the revolution.