Not only does the anchor for CNN Tonight, Don Lemon, enjoy binge drinking on live television during New Year’s Eve celebrations while telling a women she has a “nice rack,” but he also thinks white men “are the biggest terror threat to this country.” Why, one might ask? Because they are white, of course.
Most Americans have been taught that it’s not appropriate nor is it accurate to blast an entire race with a negative label due to the detrimental actions of a few. This is clearly a life lesson that has evaded Don Lemon.
On Monday, Don Lemon joined the host of Cuomo Tonight, Chris Cuomo, in order to give his opinion on various acts of violence that have taken place in recent weeks. Moments into the segment, Don Lemon managed to contradict himself in the same exact sentence.
“So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right. And we have to start doing something about them,” Lemon claimed. In just one sentence, Lemon says “we have to stop demonizing people,” then goes on to demonize every Caucasian male in America.
Lemon did not elaborate on what should be done about “white men” though, he did seem agitated that there is no “white guy ban.”
“And we need to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them,” said Lemon. “There is no white guy ban. So, what do we do about that?”
Don Lemon was clearly working to divide viewers along racial lines. Why else make such false and incendiary comments? FBI Director Christopher Wray has already revealed the biggest terror that the United States faces: homegrown violent extremists radicalized by ISIS and other radical Islamist groups. But CNN will never let facts stop them from deliberately spreading fake news and misinformation, for that is their bread and butter.
The lack of self-awareness at CNN is truly alarming and clearly meant to racially divide the country, as illustrated by Don Lemon’s comments. Anchors at CNN commonly add race to every equation, regardless of whether or not there is an underlying racial component, then blame President Trump for racially dividing people.
Let’s be clear here. President Trump has never advocated for racial divisions and has not discussed them what-so-ever. That task has been undertaken by CNN and others in the mainstream media who view every story through a racial lens. Even if the story has no racial component to it, they will find a way to insert race into the conversation.
Throughout the entire segment, neither Cuomo nor Lemon discussed any of the violence that has come from the political left in the past two years. One cannot objectively discuss political violence without spending a vast amount of time on the violence perpetrated by the political left.
Of course, political violence is present on both sides of the aisle. But cherry picking various incidents in order to vilify an entire race is blatant racism. FBI statistics directly contradict Don Lemon’s comments, but that fun fact was never discussed on CNN and Cuomo seemed completely oblivious to it.
Earlier in the year, Don Lemon made the following statement:
“President Trump is trying a divide and conquer strategy and here is how it goes. He divides by race and tries to conquer decency by smearing and besmirching the truth and the people who fight to uphold it.”
Replace the words,” President Trump,” with, “CNN,” and truer words have never been spoken.
How can Don Lemon read his own words or watch his own statement without realizing that he’s projecting his own hatred onto others? He attributes acts of terrorism to skin color without batting a lash and CNN leadership seems content with that.
On Monday evening, I came across something on Facebook which adequately embodied the media’s portrayal of the current racial atmosphere.
Someone I consider a good friend shared an internet meme which read, “America is angrier with black men for taking a knee than white men for shooting people.” They did not make the meme, they merely shared it.
Honestly, I wanted to tell my friend that the meme was blatantly racist but I didn’t want her to feel a need to defend herself. I also didn’t want her to think I was calling her racist, because I know this person is not racist by any means. I realized she probably shared the post without giving it much thought, just as many other people do. None the less, I felt it was imperative to respond.
Instead of attacking my friend for sharing the meme, I took a step back and revealed the dejection in both situations.
I responded, “The saddest part is that some people only saw skin color in either situation.” My friend deleted the meme without responding, leading me to believe they understood my message loud and clear.
The criticisms that were leveled on NFL players who took a knee during the National Anthem was not due to race, it was the lack of respect for the country who made it possible for them to become multi-millionaires while playing a game.
The Tree of Life Synagogue massacre wasn’t about white or black, it was about a deranged anti-Semite who wanted to kill as many Jewish people as he could.
Holding an entire race responsible for the act of one individual is precisely what we have been taught not to do. In many regards, those rules are rapidly changing and Americans aren’t pushing back in the manner they normally would had a minority group been the target.
In arguing against racism, I find it is always a bad idea to use other acts of racism as a counterargument. Citing other acts of racism will only increase the temperature of the debate and carries the optics of defending acts of racism by one group over another.
It’s best to point out that racism is wrong, regardless of what group it’s perpetrated on. Pound that fact into the psyche of those who use mild racism as a way to take subtle jabs at any one particular race, because that is where Americans will find victory in this debate.
And we can find victory in this debate. Together, Americans can bridge any divide. And there is no exception to the one we currently face, but we must call out racism regardless of which direction it comes from.
For it is, “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream…” 1963.
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