*Bill O’Reilly told President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on Thursday night that if the White House is serious about implementing their new “My Brother’s Keeper” program to help strengthen minority communities, they need to “attack” the source of the problem…gangsta rappers.
“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it,” the Fox News host told Jarrett on The O’Reilly Factor. “You’re gonna have to get people like Jay Z, Kanye West, all these gangsta rappers to knock it off.”
Jarrett described the new initiative, called “My Brother’s Keeper,” as “a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color.” She said she has already seen improvements and is very hopeful of the program’s success, but O’Reilly insisted there will be no change until “all” rappers go on TV and announce that that kind of behavior “is wrong.”
“They [young men] idolize these guys with the hats on backwards, and the terrible rap lyrics and the drugs and all of that,” O’Reilly said. “You’ve gotta get these guys.”
O’Reilly claimed that the initiative’s target boys could not possibly know who Colin Powell was, saying that they instead follow athletes and rappers. “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.”
Jarrett warned O’Reilly not to underestimate the children.
“I think when the president of the United States looks at you and says I believe in you and that I was just like you and you can be just like me, that’s the perfect role model,” she said.
O’Reilly also encouraged Jarrett to get the first lady involved, saying that she should come down hard on teenage girls about pregnancy.
“I want Michelle Obama to come on this program … and I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say, ‘you teenage girls, you stop having sex, you stop getting pregnant, this is wrong,’ ” he said.
Jarrett countered, claiming it was more important for the first lady to interact with the young girls one on one and in person.
“I think it’s better if she’s actually sitting down in the classroom with the girls, inviting them to the White House, sharing her life experience with them,” she said.
Jarrett underlined the strides such attention brings forth, pointing to the boys present at the White House today as an example of what can be done when work is put in.
“I think there is reason to be hopeful because we can see the change that’s happening. Those boys today—many of them were at risk last year and now look at them. They’re standing tall and doing well in school,” Jarrett added.