*CNN’s Don Lemon agrees with controversial comments made recently by Charles Barkley about black people tearing each other down, adding that he’s also been attacked for not putting forth a certain narrative as a black man.
Conservative writer Tara Setmayer of TheBlaze also agreed, saying that she’s heard racist comments from other blacks her entire life over her light skin and eyes, her proper speech and level of education.
CNN commentator Van Jones countered both views by saying the African-Americans he’s spoken to say they’re “proud I have an Ivy League education,” and didn’t feel comfortable about people like Barkley overreacting and spreading stereotypes about black people.
Lemon argued that he’s just tired of having to qualify any comments about the black community by saying first that racism is obviously bad. He said that as a black man, “if I don’t carry a certain narrative” that liberally-minded black people have come to expect, then he gets called names like Uncle Tom.