(NEWSBUSTERS) -- CHRIS HAYES: Good evening from New York. I’m Chris Hayes. Tonight on All In, The fear factor as the defense rests in the trial of George Zimmerman, closing arguments set to begin tomorrow. Already, Bill O’Reilly and others on the right are raising the specter of racial violence. That is coming up.(…) HAYES: Coming up, a good Fox News audience is a fearful Fox News audience, which must be why Bill O’Reilly and others keep raising the awful specter of racial violence as the trial of George Zimmerman nears an end. We’ll look at that next.(…)
HAYES: Outside the courtroom, another narrative has been developing, a right-wing trope about the specter of racial violence. Here’s part of Bill O’Reilly’s talking points memo from last night.
BILL O’REILLY, FNC: Even among African-Americans themselves, blacks come out as the top racist group. Thirty-one percent of black Americans say their own race heads the list.
O’REILLY CLIP #2: The only thing the American press will embrace is the specter of oppression. That is, if a white American kills a black American, or any other minority, then the story gets covered.
O’REILLY CLIP #3: There’s no question the Zimmerman trial is now a racial deal rather than a justice deal. And if George Zimmerman is acquitted by a jury of five white women and a Hispanic lady, there will be racial animus.
HAYES: That’s a pernicious planting of the expectation of racial violence, just as the right-wing Web site, Breitbart.com, blared a headline, “Broward County sheriff’s Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan,” based upon what would commonly be considered responsible preparations for a high-profile, televised trial. Joining me now is Jelani Cobb, associate professor of history, director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. … So here’s what frustrates, angers me genuinely about this, is, what conservatives are doing to black people at large is precisely what George Zimmerman did to Trayvon Martin. Read more via Weasel Zippers...