By putting forth a plan detailing how Black America could allegedly save itself from falling victim to its own foibles and derelict culture, CNN anchor Don Lemon justifiably angered many Black social media users — particularly #BlackTwitter — and has begun the difficult work of defending his Black card.
Lemon seconded Bill O’Reilly’s rant about racism, Black violence and poverty — one that stopped just short of demanding that all Black people go back to Africa, by saying this:
“In my estimation, he doesn’t go far enough.”
The reaction to the “suggestions” that followed was swift and harsh, and in an impromptu interview on “The View,’ Lemon countered by saying that his statements were just good old-fashioned upbringing:
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He explained to the hosts that he was simply trying to give “suggestions” to African-Americans like pulling up their pants and stop saying the “n-word.” Joy Behar responded by asking, “Which part is controversial?”
Lemon didn’t see why what he said caused such a stir, saying, “That’s advice my mother gave me in kindergarten.” He said the pants issue, for example, was just a “symbol of respect,” adding he wasn’t giving advice on how to “end racism” but rather on “self-empowerment” for African-Americans.
Sherri Shepherd hit the nail on the head when she said it was Lemon’s comments involving Bill O’Reilly that people really “took umbrage” with. “I don’t want to give Bill O’Reilly license to say anything,” Shepherd said, “because he’s never been a young black man.”
See a clip from ‘The View’ below, complete with White audience members cheering Lemon’s “suggestions” for Black self-empowerment: