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CNN Don Lemon is an Angry White Man Who Just Happens to be Black.

July 29, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) I expressed concern to a friend about the policies being endorsed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.   My friend then asked me, “Would you feel better if President Bush’s closest advisers were all white males?”

I replied, “Actually, they are white males.  It just so happens that one of them has dark-skin and a v@gina.”

My point in that otherwise crass remark was not to disparage Condoleezza.  It was instead to note that a person’s skin color means almost nothing relative to the agenda they represent.  If you are controlled by white males, pursuing the agenda of white males, and have the same societal impact as a white male, then you’re pretty much a white guy too.  At the very least, your ethnicity goes from being correlational to purely circumstantial.

I think I may have Don Lemon figured out.  Don is a relatively well-educated, hard-working, law abiding citizen, as well as a proud gay man.  He is the darling of the liberal establishment, and realized long ago that he can get rich and famous by proving to white people that he’s “different from those other people,” meaning loud mouth negroes such as myself.

Don Lemon also possesses the arrogance that comes with being a young, light-skinned black man who’s been elevated by the legitimacy granted to leading blacks who are accepted by white American media.  CNN, MSNBC and other networks have long been in the business of creating “black thought leadersCNNDonLemon by simply giving them a large platform to serve as mouth pieces for an agenda that has nothing to do with us.  Also, we have to face the fact that there are many in the gay and female liberal establishment who think of black men as ignorant, sexist, homophobic neanderthals.  Feminism and gay rights have never mixed very well with our community.

I don’t hate Don, but I’m a little disappointed in him.

Don’s recent remarks about dressing and speaking appropriately weren’t just disappointing because he found himself taking the advice of a man like Bill O’Reilly.  They were also sad because he’s found himself using his platform as a way to join the full-scale verbal assaults that white media tends to put on the African American community.  In their minds, Trayvon deserved to die for wearing a hoodie, and any black man who isn’t well-versed at acting as white as he possibly can deserves whatever he has coming to him.  If I speak a little slang, wear the wrong outfit, get a tattoo or (God forbid) let my pants sag, then I can only blame myself when a racist lunatic with a thirst for blood profiles, stalks, and chases me down before shooting me dead.  Thank God I learned how to make white people feel comfortable; maybe I should have gotten my PhD in “Whiteman-ology” instead of Finance.

This goes deeper than Lemon telling people to dress better and speak well.  Yea, yea Don, I’m a professor who grew up around white people, so I understand all of that.  What’s most telling about Don’s criticism of the black community is that there is a blatant asymmetry in the manner by which he attacks other black people with the ferocity of a lion, but becomes as meek as a choir boy when asked to speak about the systematic racism being perpetuated by whites.  If he were to do that, he’d be like all the other talented black journalists who can’t find a job because they have the audacity to speak for their community.

Yvette Carnell explains it well:

What Lemon never mentions is the impact of poverty, systemic racism, or the defunding of our communities, like the school closures in Chicago. In Lemon’s mind, none of this matters. It would all be fixed if black men would only pull their pants up. Is there any veracity to what Lemon is saying? Some, yes. But his comments are not balanced and certainly not thoughtful.

Don Lemon should probably realize that when you assert that black culture is the predominant cause of the suffering of the African American community, you are effectively saying that black people are inferior to whites.  Yes, you are the chosen and exceptional negro, but you should not leverage your own success by sticking a knife into the neck of other black people.  Don also serves to devalue our humanity by implying that we enjoy going to prison, getting shot, and being unemployed.  There is the implication that through some genetic miracle, black men love our children less or don’t get opportunities because we don’t know how to please the people who’ve been trained to oppress us for the last 400 years.

As CNN Don Lemon talks about why black men should dress better and why black mothers need to shut their legs and get married, here are a few other things that he might want to mention:

–        By creating laws specifically designed to profile and incarcerate black people, America now locks up more black men than South Africa did during the height of apartheid, one of the most racist regimes in the history of the world (so, the data implies that America is more racist than the old South Africa).   It’s hard for families to stay together when you’re sending every other potential father or husband off to forced labor camps for decades at a time.  This also breaks down the structure of the family (see the anti-mass incarceration campaign by myself and Russell Simmons to understand this issue further).

–        Black schools are funded at a rate that is significantly lower than white ones. It’s difficult for kids to speak Don Lemon’s proper English if the schools can’t even afford to buy books.  In fact, there are quite a few states that are spending more money on building prisons for black children than educating them.  Don, please talk about that during your next rant.

–        Nearly every statistical study imaginable shows that even when black people have plenty of education, they are less likely to be hired and the first to get fired.  An excellent case-in-point is when Yolanda Spivey showed that the number of call backs she received dramatically increased when she changed her resume and pretended to be a white girl.   So, despite the claim that black unemployment exists because those “lazy buffoons” don’t want to work, the truth is that discrimination is very real.

–        Because of widespread joblessness, incarceration, a poor educational system, and drugs/guns being dropped off in black communities, many of our kids can’t even walk to school without worrying about taking a bullet to the brain.  These drugs and guns are not delivered by black people.  Can you investigate this on CNN?  I bet they won’t let you.

–        Many of the cultural challenges we have as a community come right out of the music that is played to our kids on the radio by companies like Clear Channel, which promote violence, drug/alcohol abuse, s*xual irresponsibility, etc.  Don Lemon and Bill would never confess that it is the cultural failings of white America which have led gun manufacturers, private prisons, major record labels and others to profit by marketing death and despair to young African Americans.  Hint to Don Lemon:  Almost none of these entities are owned by black people, even BET.   Do your next show about that.

 

I could go on and on, but the truth is that Don Lemon and Bill O’Reilly might find a way to blame white racism on black people too, like the abusive husband who says, “I wouldn’t have had to beat you if you hadn’t kept burning my dinner.”  It is the persistent commitment to lying about racism that keeps our country from moving forward. It’s hard to take responsibility for a state-sponsored 400-year holocaust, and easier to use your power to allow yourself to live in denial.

God bless CNN Don Lemon, and I hope he has a long, vibrant career in media.  But all of us have issues, and I think that Don Lemon’s latent anger toward the African American community (especially black men) is making him the black gay equivalent to the angry white male.  Growing up as a gay, abused child in the bible belt of Louisiana had to be difficult for him, and I can’t help but wonder if his disturbing remarks are a reaction to the rejection he’s felt from black America over the years.  We should be ashamed for mistreating him, and I’d like to be the first to say, “Don, I’m sorry for what others have done to make you so angry at the black community right now.”

Don Lemon, we’re not all bad.  Also, if I get shot while walking down the street while wearing my hoodie, just remember that my death will not be interpreted the same way if my name were Mark Zuckerberg.  He wears hoodies too, and no one says he should die because of it.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.

 


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6 Responses to “CNN Don Lemon is an Angry White Man Who Just Happens to be Black.”
  1. Boyce,

    The African American Black Man: The New Neanderthal?
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    Many young Black men seem to be on a mission to ensure their own extinction. While the men of other cultures seem to have no problem in stepping up to the plate to solidify the family unit and ensure their children get a running start in life, we’re abandoning our children, and referring to the very womb of our culture as “bitches and whoes”; and if we’re not killing other Black men over drugs, we’re killing ourselves with drugs – and then struttin’ around braggin’ about it! And even when we aren’t killing ourselves, we’re making dumb decisions that’s causing us to have to spend years at a time locked up in jail like animals. Many of us have embraced a philosophy of manhood that enforces a moral obligation to be stupid. It’s like, you’re not a true Black man unless you take a pledge to remain ignorant.
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    Far too often when well-meaning Black people suggest that we need to address this issue, they’re accused of “blaming the victim.” They’re also often accused of aligning themselves with conservative critics of the Black community. That misses the entire point. No one is blaming anyone, and the primary reason that conservative critics are so quick to use this issue to denigrate the Black community is because it’s such a glaring area of dysfunction in our culture. So rather than ignore a dysfunction because our enemies are using it against us, that should give us MORE incentive to address the issue.
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    So both of these arguments are nothing more than lame attempts to declare the cancer that’s growing on our culture a harmless mole. That may help to bring us comfort in the short run, but by continuing to ignore the truth, the cancer is going to metastasize, and eventually it’s going to kill us.
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    Wake up, Watkins. You sound far more angry than Don Lemon, and you make far less sense. And one other thing – your homophobia is showing. Remember, homophobia stems from the EXACT same root of ignorance as racism, so if you were White you’d probably be running here demanding your country back.
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    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-african-american-black-man-new.html

  2. andrew says:

    I agree with dcarter. Mr. Watkins, can you make your arguments without resorting to personal attacks against other black folks you disagree with?

  3. Rameses says:

    exactly and these Negroes either stay mum, or try to hold other people accountable other than the perpetrators. The only reason why white supremacy exists is because negroes, along with other groups too, believe that it exists. It’s not real. White people have beat up on other white people just like black people have beaten up on other black people.

  4. Dcarter910 says:

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130730/chicago/two-men-from-same-block-slain-within-hours-of-each-other

    Where is the out rage about the above article?

    I can paste 10 more that have taken place in the last 3 days across multiple urban areas in the US.

  5. Rameses says:

    I can’t stand him Dcarter….dude is an embarrassment to education. I know teenagers who have more sense than he does

  6. Dcarter910 says:

    Mr. Watkins,

    Just because you have good sentence structure and is capable of articulating your thoughts really well, does not mean that you have a valid argument toward anything you apply those two skills to. So now you are attacking someone else, who in your opinion, has a white perspective on things. Well I didnt know as a black person that I was only suppose to think a certain way, to believe certain things or to talk (as you describe yourself) as a loud mouth black man.

    Again, your education taught you good sentence structure and how to effectively convey your thoughts in manuscript but what they (white people) didn’t teach you was true intellectual freedom. Freedom of thought, freedom to chose one’s own morals and values and above all freedom to be a person aside from your born skin complexion.

    You come off as an angry over educated hypocrite…you come off as a “white liberal”.

    Those who have blinded themselves to truth cannot see any truth other than their own.And their ability to articulate their own truth gives them the ability to argue with real truth, which simply leaves them “living a lie”.

    Mr. Watkins, you should take a vacation. Somewhere where there are lots of white people…white people that pretend to like educated black people such as yourself. You never know, you might bump into Don Lemon and then you two can sit around and talk about how much you disliked Martin Luther King. Then you two can exchange numbers and become best friends. Take Care Buddy!

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