*Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons returned to “The O’Reilly Factor” last night to debate the Fox host on racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll in the wake of protests over the deaths of Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The poll found just 12% of respondents saying that the chokehold which caused Garner’s death was justified, with 36% saying race relations are deteriorating and 45% responding that race relations were “good.”
“I believe the strife between poor blacks and the police is driven by black crime,” said host Bill O’Reilly. “That’s the nexus point. Do you believe that?”
The debate was far from fruitful, with O’Reilly and Simmons reaching a road block early on when O’Reilly maintained that the sale of “hard drugs” is a violent crime.
Watch the debate below.