Fox News to Black Leaders: $315 Shoes Are the Least of Your Problems [Video]
Fox News does the bidding of corporations, and corporations, like Nike, would love nothing more than for black Lebron James fans to shell out $315 dollars for new Lebron X shoes. Hence, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Fox lambasted black leaders for being critical of the shoe’s price tag.
Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy used the controversy over the $315 shoes to launch a discussion on the depraved culture of African-American youth. Mind you, the Fox & Friends cast hasn’t engaged in any substantive conversation on white cultural dysfunction, such as the dysfunction that led white supremacist Wade Page to murder worshipers at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple. But Doocy had no problem asking his guest, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, whether the Urban League’s opposition to this shoe’s price tag is indicative of cultural problems within the black community that black leaders are unwilling to confront.
Riley answered, “When you look at some of the real problems facing black America – 14.4 percent unemployment, 6 points higher than the national average. Kids are heading back to school. Back kids, disproportionately, are heading back to the worst schools, the most violent schools with the worst performing teachers. And this is what the national urban league wants to talk about? The price of sneakers? Doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
Riley is black, so as a black man, he should know that black people, including black leaders, can chew gum and walk at the same time. It is possible for black people to criticize the high cost of the shoes while simultaneously taking steps to address high unemployment, and other ills that disproportionately impact the black community.
“This is about a culture that puts ‘bling,’ puts conspicuous consumption ahead of industry and thrift,” Riley continued. “Blaming corporate America is not going to fix that problem.”
Funny how, during conversation about materialism and bling, no one ever injects into the conversation Wall Street boys who sport luxury cars up and down the streets of the financial district in NYC. Materialism is an American cultural phenomenon, and it was learned from those at the top. It does more damage to black because blacks have less, and are disproportionately impacted by structural racism. But it is remarkably stupid for Mr. Riley to imply that materialism is a black problem. Then again, that’s the job of Fox stooges, I guess.
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