Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

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Russell Simmons on The O'Reilley Factor with Bill O'Reilly on Dec. 10, 2014.

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll, which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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The poll found just 12% of respondents saying that the chokehold which caused Garner's death was justified, with 36% saying race relations are deteriorating and 45% responding that race relations were "good."

"I believe the strife between poor blacks and the police is driven by black crime," said host Bill O'Reilly. "That's the nexus point. Do you believe that?"

The debate was far from fruitful, with O'Reilly and Simmons reaching a road block early on when O'Reilly maintained that the sale of "hard drugs" is a violent crime. Watch the debate below.

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