Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly squared off with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, blasting the Obama administration’s lack of “urgency” in dealing with the “gangsta culture.”
A believer that traditional family values can stem problems in low-income communities, O’Reilly accepted the White House’s invitation Thursday to an unveiling of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
“You shocked a lot of people,” O’Reilly told Jarrett. “People were fainting when I walked in.”
Obama spoke of “a culture of cynicism” on the streets that saps young people of motivation to get ahead, O’Reilly said, adding that it’s not just black communities affected but also poor, low-income neighborhoods of all ethnicities.
“You’re going to have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off,” he said. “Listen to me. You gotta get where they live. They idolize these guys with the hats on backwards.”
The boys need positive role models, Jarrett said.
“We have to take what’s working and take it to scale.”
O’Reilly accused her of blowing off his idea.
“You got to get them in there to tell these kids that you’ve got to stop the disruptive behavior or you’re going to wind up in a morgue or in prison,” O’Reilly said.
The discussion with Jarrett picks up at the 2:30 mark in this video via Fox News:
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