Bill O’Reilly Needs to Get Out More

Wow, Bill O’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.”

It’s just amazing how black Americans have progressed, and Bill O’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. I’ll go to any restaurant that looks good, and Providence is restaurant heaven. There’s also a lot of art openings where you can chow down on wine and cheese for free. (Not that I’m disrespecting the art.) I even go to May Breakfast at conservative Christian churches. I’m proud to say, that if you feed me I will be there.

I seldom go to New York City, so I’ve never been to Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem, but I’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 I’m hoping Bill didn’t embarrass the white race while he was at Sylvia’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 Tina’s Caribbean. Tina was there, cooking.

I was the only white person in the restaurant.
No one refused to serve me.
They didn’t make me wait a long time.
Everyone was pleasant.
Tina’s food is always excellent.

I only wish that the same could be said for all white restaurants when black people are customers.

But it’s just amazing how white Americans have progressed. When I go down South to visit my husband’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. We’re nice in Rhode Island, but not effusive, generally.

You don’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. Don’t worry about the calories, you’re doing it for the revolution.

8 thoughts on “Bill O’Reilly Needs to Get Out More

  1. Mr. O’Reilly seems to have a profound sense of his own importance and intellectual capabilities, so much so that he is unbearable. As is the case with so many media personalities, folks who become “legends in their own minds,” Mr. O’Reilly has always seemed to me to be amazingly superficial and not very bright. No wonder he sought a television career; the high school students he taught must have been too much for him to deal with intellectually.

  2. Funny! Thanks, Donald. I always appreciate a good Monday morning laugh. I’d never thought of Bill O’Reilly’s career as an escape from work that was too challenging. You are probably right.

  3. i have a confession to make. i only know of one black-owned restaurant in rhode island, and that’s ‘tina’s caribbean’. i used to go to ‘miss fannie’s soul food’ but sadly, miss fannie’s went out of business. does anyone know of any others? i’m looking to widen my cultural horizons so i don’t end up like bill o’ reilly.

  4. so you want to just jump on the media matters, left-wing bandwagon to score points. It is sad that there are people like MM whose purpose is to smear those whom they disagree with. They are not a “watchdog” site; they are a “hit” site. plain and simple.

  5. bruce, the bible says that the mouth speaks what the heart feels. he said it, we call him on it. bill o’reilly is a professional commentator. it’s fair to hold him responsible for what he says.

  6. Whether from the political left of the right, the inane and the just plain silly should be addressed. Mr. O’Reilly, in my view, is just absurd if he feels we should really be amazed that he finds Blacks to be human, just as we should wonder at the dumb assertions of Rosie and company. I do suggest there is little or no reason to care about what these people say or think and there is every reason to figure out what “truths we hold to be self-evident.” They are perfectly free to prattle on, and we are just as free not to listen or to complain.

  7. i think that it is unfair to assume that it is the ‘black man’s burden’ to do all the integrating. we should all get out more. try buying ‘essence’ instead of ‘cosmo’ this month.

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