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Bill O'Reilly: Racism and Witch Hunts

By Bill O'Reilly

Writing in "Time" magazine Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a sincere man opines about racism, quote, "The best way to combat racism in the face of selective attention and situational racism is to seek it out every minute of every day and expose every instance we find; and not just racism, but also sexism, homophobia and every other kind of injustice," unquote.

Although Mr. Abdul-Jabbar doesn't know it that statement is dangerous because if his vision were to come true, we would be a nation of witch hunters. I mean who exactly is in charge of defining and exposing every instance of racism? Who? Do we set up a tribunal in Salem, Massachusetts?

Sadly this kind of think is now permeating the country. Americans are being punished for even donating money to causes some people don't like. Speakers are being cancelled on college campuses if they don't uphold liberal orthodoxy or politically correct mandates. And race hustlers all over the place are branding people with whom they disagree with the "R" label. You want a divided nation, let's keep this up.

The reason Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked to write a column on racism is because of Donald Sterling the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who has now been banished from the NBA. As you know, Mr. Sterling made harsh comments about blacks. He is finished in the court of public opinion but feels it necessary to continue to speak.

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DONALD STERLING, L.A. CLIPPERS OWNER: People are intimidated by even the thought of racism. And around the world unless they call me from Australia or from London and they ask me, different media, are you a racist? I'm not a racist.

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O'REILLY: In his heart I'm sure Mr. Sterling believes that. But asking people not to bring black Americans to his basketball games is damning. No question about it.

But as Talking Points said when the story first broke, it doesn't matter to this country. Donald Sterling is just one person. He doesn't reflect anything.

A call for all Americans to seek and expose racism is quite something else. It's a vigilante situation. Again that's dangerous. And if you study history you know that's what totalitarian regimes do -- seek out opinions they don't like and punish them. It's apparent that political correctness has taken deep root in this country. Conservatives and Republican students are targets on some college campuses. They are objects of derision in much of academia. In the media it's more of the same -- political correctness dominates.

If the Fox News Channel didn't exist, the traditional conservative voice would be buried in the media. We're one of the few networks that give both points of view. And have not surrendered to PC nonsense.

When I spoke with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar two weeks ago, I was impressed by his thoughtfulness. I think is he a good man. But his call to expose racism, homophobia and every other kind of injustice would only lead to more injustice. Most Americans are good fair people and the flawed among us will eventually expose themselves we don't need witch-hunters. And that's "The Memo."

O'Reilly Factor, hosted by Bill O'Reilly, airs on Weekdays at 8PM ET on Fox News Channel.