Despite a lack of any salacious Saida Grundy developments, Fox News has refocused its attention back to college campuses—not on the crippling student loan debt foisted upon Millennials or the federal government’s lucrative role in creating a higher education bubble, but on—gasp—reverse racism!
Talking head Bill O’Reilly took issue with a training manual for RAs at Northeastern University, which states: “In order to have the experience of being oppressed one must belong to an oppressed category. Men cannot be oppresed as men, just as whites cannot be oppresed as whites.”
To learn more, The O’Reilly Factor sent correspondent Jesse Watters to Boston for some man-on-the-street interviews with a few Huskies. “What if I’m a white, straight male, but I self-identify as a black lesbian?” Watters asks one student.
“I think that’s very audacious and crass,” she responds.
“Can I oppress you a little bit?” Watters asks another student, less than a week after a report found that Boston is among the most racially segregated cities in America, worse than Birmingham, Alabama and Kansas City, Missouri. “Can you go get me some coffee?”
When one student tries to explain the country’s well-documented gender pay gap, Watters responds, “Do you find it attractive that I’m making that much cash?” Later, Watters cites professional golfer Phil Mickelson and Woody Harrelson’s character in the 1992 film White Men Can’t Jump as examples of oppressed white men.
At the end of the segment, Watters chats with O’Reilly, who received his master’s degree from Boston University. “She was pretty smart,” O’Reilly says.
“She was smart for a Northeastern person,” Watters quips.
Last November, Bill O’Reilly and auto magnate Ernie Boch, who threw a $100-a-plate fundraiser for Donald Trump at his sprawling home in Norwood, donated a combined $60,000 to help save BU’s independent student newspaper, the Daily Free Press.
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