Dr. Phil Schools Fox News Host: Baltimore Kids Don’t Have The Same Opportunities as Your Kids
Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw appeared on Fox News Tuesday and explained the very basics of income inequality plaguing America’s inner cities to Fox host Brian Kilmeade.
“You’ve got to separate this out, you can’t have a generality because I promise you – and I’ve interviewed and talked to people about this in the past – some of them can’t tell you why they’re out there,” Dr. Phil said of the Baltimore protesters.
“They’re just blanket ‘We’re supposed to be angry,’” he continued. “And then you’ve got people who are saying, ‘Hey, it’s a chance to get free stuff.’ They will do that, and they don’t really understand what’s going on.”
He added that the focus should be on people who are “legitimately concerned.”
“They understand that there has been a breakdown of the system, they understand that there is an abuse of power here, they understand that there has been a miscarriage of justice and they are angrily upset and protesting. There’s all kinds of people out there.”
Kilmeade interjected to say that maybe the people should stop “uprising” and take advantage of the same opportunities that his kids had.
“This is like the fourth major inner city uprising, and we keep saying where’s the character, where are the parents, where’s the opportunity, where are the role models?” Kilmeade said. “How long are we going to keep saying, ‘Where are they and what can be done to change this?’ Because those kids have the same potential as your kids and our kids.”
“I’m not sure that’s true,” Dr. Phil responded. “They may have the same potential, but I’m not sure they have the same opportunities because the fact is the school system is not necessarily the same, the resources are not necessarily the same, the leadership that they have from the parents because of the generational pass-throughs are not the same. There’s no question that they have a steep hill and a tough row to hoe.”
“How much better would this be if they did what the 300 Men March was trying to be, show solidarity in a peaceful way, and say, ‘We are not moving until people pay attention to this,’” McGraw added. “Instead of showing what is easily criticized and put down.”