'It's just not justifiable or accurate to single out one ethnic group, or a people with a common physical characteristic, and make them out to be the epitome of oppression.'
Well, that's exactly my point in questioning Baraka's convictions here. Still, the fact remains that in America, the system was set up by white European men. I think it's very valid to question this system, and in that sense I do think that "blame the White Man" can be seen on a more metaphoric level than just literally pointing the finger at white people. I think it means working against the once overt, now more subversive elements of oppression in American society.
Where I think "blame the White Man" becomes a cop out comes back to what you said- by blaming everything on one empowered groups, all disenfranchised groups can claim a get out of jail free card- it's not my fault, it's the White Man's.
Also, when I said
'White people are bad? Isn't that the point white people have been busy spreading about blacks?'
I was being sarcastic. When someone makes a blanket statement about white people being bad and oppressive as a whole, since white men often propogated misinformation and generalities about minorities, isn't making that generality about the White Man just as bad? Not all White Men actively participate in the oppression of minorities and women- in fact, some work actively to promote civil rights. However, scapegoating an entire ethnicity isn't going to endear you to them... and it might create a negative stereotype about the ethnic/political/cultural background(s) you represent.
Okay, I'm not a long-time viewer of the O'Reilly factor, so I admittedly ahve limited scope- however, I do think that the only liberal principles I've ever heard him stick up for are first amendment rights- and he damn well better stick up for those, he's a journalist and he pisses a lot of people off. Still, he even has some conservative bents when it comes to that- the ACLU is fascist? I think they can be overly politically correct in some cases, but come on. The words 'under God' are still in the Pledge... and I fully supported getting them taken off. So why is everyone scared of the name 'Christmas' being eliminated from their winter holiday? Ain't gonna happen.
I'm getting off track, so I'm going to quit while I'm ahead (maybe?) lol.