Black Caucus Conference Attendees Blame Fox News, O'Reilly, Robertson for Stoking Racism

By Dan Joseph | October 9, 2014 | 2:43pm EDT

If I had to guess I'd say there's a very good chance that I have interviewed more African Americans over the last four years than any other conservative in the country.

From protests, to getting the pulse of the black community in African American neighborhoods, I'd like to think that I have developed a good sense of how black Americans feel about the  state of race relations during the Obama Presidency.  The answer more often than not is that it's not all that much better than it was prior to the Obama presidency.

But why is that?  Who is responsible for keeping race alive as the third rail of American politics, during the administration of the nation's first black president?

I was really not very surprised by the responses I received at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C when I asked attendees if they could name some individuals who were stoking the fires of racial discontent in the United States.

While they all agreed that racism was still a serious problem, a lot of them couldn't think of a single media personality or politician who was outwardly racist or who was fanning the flames of animosity towards the black community.

Those who did give me some examples cited Fox News and conservative commentators like Bill O'Reilly and Pat Robertson - but, surprisingly, no one I talked to mentioned any of the personalities on MSNBC or in the Democratic Party who frequently use accusations of racism and racial insensitivity against their political opponents.

And, those who blamed Fox were extremely vague when asked to explain how the network is promoting racial divide.

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