Fox Host Wonders How To Spot “Bad Guys” Without Knowing The “Tone Of Their Skin?”

Yeterday, the hosts of Fox’s “Outnumbered” decided to have a chitchat about what we, as Americans, can learn from the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. That lesson, according to co-host Eric Bolling, was that we need our police force to be even more militarized, and to possibly walk around everywhere with machine guns. In case bad guys got any ideas.

Bolling also lamented the loss of “Stop and Frisk” which he regarded as a “great tool” for police officers, even if it was actually completely ineffective and racist.

Co-host Kennedy Montgomery, whom I will never stop referring to in my head as “MTV’s Kennedy,” noted that although she loved her some police officers, and that NYPD officers were the best and greatest in the world and definitely never went around randomly killing dudes for selling loose cigarettes on the sidewalk, she wasn’t sure how she felt about a militarized police. She also noted that “bad guys” don’t always look like “bad guys.”

But then, co-host Shannon Bream–who may or may not have known what she was doing there at all–pondered aloud about how very impossible it is to tell who the bad guys are if, you know, they’re wearing ski-masks or something and you can’t tell what color their skin is.

“That’s my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what color they were?” Bream asked. “What the tone of their skin was. I mean what if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?”

I’m gonna throw this out there–and I realize it may be a radical statement–but I am gonna say that a ski mask and gun are probably a better tip-off to who a bad guy might be than skin color. I’m not even saying that all dudes walking around in ski masks and holding guns are bad guys. Just that, you know, if I’ve gotta put money down, or if I’m on a game show and I have to guess who the bad guy is–the guy in a ski-mask holding a gun, or the guy with a tan, I’m going with ski mask over there.

For what it’s worth, it is hardly as though the only terrorists in this country are the ones with brown skin. Lest we forget, just this week an NAACP building in Colorado was bombed by a white guy in a pick-up truck. That’s terrorism! Last June, some Bundy Ranch supporters/right-wing extremists killed a couple of cops in a shootout! Last March, white right-wing extremist Robert James Talbot, Jr. was arrested on terrorism charges after he planned to blow up a bunch of mosques!

And yet, somehow, I can walk down the street, and see a white guy and not worry that he is going to bomb me. No white guy has to fear that someone is going to read about the NAACP bombing and then look at him and assume he is a terrorist. To even think that would seem absurd. About as absurd as it is to think you can tell any bad guy by the “tone of his skin.”

Sheesh. [Talking Points Memo]