Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was booed at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention in New York on Wednesday, when the TV personality insisted race is no longer a “real” issue, and told the crowd, “It’s time to drop the race stuff.”
O’Reilly didn’t stop there. He continued by saying “Black people need to stop playing the race card.” At one point, Rev. Sharpton turned to the audience and jokingly said “You can boo that one…” encouraging the crowd to express their discontent with O’Reilly’s comments.
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In an effort to calm a noticeably tense crowd, O’Reilly praised President Obama for not using race to further his own agenda. The O’Reilly factor host also thought it was necessary to defend Tea Partiers by saying “a few bad apples shouldn’t ruin the bunch.”