Bill O’Reilly tells us slave did help build the White House, but they were “well fed and had decent housing”, but they were still slaves

There is nothing like a good case of “slave ‘plaining”. First lady Michelle Obama said in her address on Monday that she wakes up in a house built by slaves. Some took exception to her story and so Bill O’Reilly felt the need to explain it to the nation. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

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  • Deb Porter-Jones  On July 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    So funny. Anything to make white people feel more comfortable and less ashamed of their scandalous history…

  • atlmom5  On July 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks Bill for teaching us something. After all, it isn’t reliable or true until he acknowledges it!

  • Bill  On July 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I suspect that you might feel much more justified in continuing to carry the historical slavery baggage on your back if you’re told that the slaves contributed to the construction of the White House but were treated brutally in spite of their contribution. Many of us black folks refuse to let go, not forget, but let go of the horrible legacy of slavery. We need to learn to use it as an impetus and inspiration to achieve our goals and dreams in life. I think the statute of limitations has run out on the use of slavery as an excuse for our own failures in life in the 21st. century. LET IT GO!

  • elogam  On July 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, slave labor was used. Look at where it was built! This wasn’t built up in New England, where they didn’t have many slaves. I don’t know of anything major built during that time that did not involve slave labor. But the implication by the First Lady is that there is something scandalous about the fact that slaves were used to build the executive mansion. It was just par for the course back then. O’Reilly’s statement is meant to clarify that yes, slaves were used, but they were treated far better than they would have been by the average person who used slave labor, and we need to acknowledge that. He also points out that the federal government stopped using slaves and slave labor in 1802. We need to acknowledge that the federal government was starting to catch a clue, and conduct business accordingly. But to do that does not feed into the Democratic party’s mantra of how downtrodden blacks have always been and continue to be to this very day. There was no mitigation, it was all misery all the time. Yes, I understand that they were still slaves and not free. But does it hurt to give credit when due that there were people who, within the framework of the reality of the time, treated people decently and courteously?

    • Deb Porter-Jones  On July 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      On the contrary, I feel like her inclusion of the fact that slaves built the White House WAS meant as “inspiration to achieve our goals and dreams in life”. Why else would she make the correlation between the fact that the slaves whose hands actually built the White House would be proud to know that over 300 years later the inhabitants are Black?? And it’s such an annoyance to me when other Blacks take up the mantra “let it go” because they feel pressured to succumb to the criticisms of Whites relating to our sensitivity about the lasting legacy of slavery. The mantra of the Jews is and always has been “never forget” so why are we made to feel guilty because we don’t want to “let it go”???

      And you’ll forgive me if I’m not thankful for the fact that people who owned my ancestors at least “treated them decently and courteously” when over 300 years later I still cannot find out who my great-great-grandfather’s parents were because he was sold away from them. That’s the legacy of the institution of slavery, the inhumanity of it, the fact that the importance of family was not meant to include Blacks. But I should be happy that because of the location of the White House and the so-called “progressiveness” of SOME slave owners, I can hope they were treated “decently and courteously”, while they were also treated like pups in a litter?? But maybe I should just “let it go”, huh?

      • Bill  On August 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        I have two things to say to you. First, you don’t know me or anything about me. So please don’t be so presumptuous as to attribute anything to my ABILITY to let it go. And secondly, I will neither forgive or charge you with anything that you have the INABILITY to forgive.

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