Fox News host Bill O’Reilly devoted a segment of his show Wednesday night to claiming that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is “killing Americans.”
“How Black Lives Matter is killing Americans: That is the subject of tonight’s talking points memo,” O’Reilly began Wednesday's show.
He pointed to reports of rising murder rates in some of the country’s largest cities and blamed the increase on what some have called the “Ferguson effect,” a theory that heightened scrutiny on police actions after the 2014 shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, has made police officers reluctant to pursue crimes. While many news outlets have reported that there is little evidence of a new crime wave around the country and that the “Ferguson effect” is not necessarily real, conservatives like O’Reilly have continued to discuss it.
“Thousands more Americans are being murdered because police are being more passive since the Ferguson situation and the Black Lives Matter protests,” the Fox News host said Wednesday.
He said the real problem is a “violent subculture” in African-American communities that has been encouraged by the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The media will not spotlight that much of the violent crime in America is being committed right now by young black men,” O’Reilly said. “Blacks of all ages commit homicide at a rate of eight times higher than whites and Hispanics combined. Conclusion: There is a violent subculture in the African-American community that should be exposed and confronted.”
“Enter the Black Lives Matter crew, which roams around the country promoting a false narrative that American police officers are actively hunting down and killing blacks,” he added.
This is only the latest example of O’Reilly discussing Black Lives Matter on his show. In a segment late last year, he blamed the movement for the “rise of fascism on American college campuses,” referring to the culture of political correctness that some argue is stifling free speech.
He brought up that topic again during Wednesday’s show when he played a video clip of a protester interrupting a speaker at DePaul University in Chicago. O’Reilly said that Black Lives Matter is “infringing on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.”