By Jueseppi B.
Published on Jul 27, 2013
7/27/13 – Bill O’Reilly‘s remarks on race last week drew heavy criticism from Chris Hayes, Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Larry Wilmore, and more, but one unlikely person is agreeing with him: CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon addressed the wounds inflicted by black males onto their community on his “No Talking Points” segment Saturday afternoon, saying he was able to bring this up now that the George Zimmerman trial had concluded.
Before the verdict, right wing media had consistently asked why the “liberal media” was fixating on Trayvon Martin while ignoring rampant black-on-black violence, a “deflection,” in Lemon’s words, from the injustices of the Martin shooting. But now that Zimmerman had been acquitted, it was time “for some tough love on the subject.”
Lemon played a clip of O’Reilly stating, “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family…Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. Nobody forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision.”
“Bill’s got a point,” Lemon said. “In fact, he’s got more than a point…In my estimation, he doesn’t go far enough.”
Lemon then listed five essential reforms black men need to make in their lives in order to improve themselves and their communities: hike up their pants, remove the n-word from their vocabulary, take care of their communities, finish high school, and lower the rate of children born out of wedlock.
“More than 72% of children in the African Americans are born out of wedlock,” Lemon said. “Studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison, and the cycle continues.”
“Please, pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as aceptable behavior,” Lemon finished. “Pay close attention to the hip hop and rap culture that many of you embrace, a culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior, a culture that is making a lot of people rich—just not you. And it’s not going to.”
“That said, though, the political right is not off the hook.” Lemon played a clip of Kirsten Powers remarking on how convenient it was the conservative media only cares about black violence when they can use it to “stick it to the black community.”
In case you want to listen one more time…..
CNN’s Don Lemon Backs Up Bill O’Reilly: ‘He Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ In Criticizing Black Culture
More wisdom for Mr. Don Lemon:
“FYI i didn’t grow up rich, am product of unwed mother, dropped out of college, then realized i could be stuck or soar. i chose the latter.”
“Just so you know, i am not a victim. even when profiled & discriminated against, i don’t look at myself as a victim. i use it as motivation.”
“#NoTalkingPoints was not about ending racism. Was about bettering oneself in spite of. ie, abused woman at some point has to leave abuser.”
“Dress nicely. use appropriate language. keep ur surroundings clean. go to school. be responsible, involved parents. That’s offensive? SMH.”
“fyi, i’m not defensive. i’m having a conversation with y’all as i prepare for my show. I didn’t see my TL overnight. #NoTalkingPoints“
Thank you Mr. Don Lemon.
Now for some reality……..
I agree with every point Mr. Lemon made except the point on the word nigger. I believe when Black people, myself included, turned that negative word around and started using it as a positive, re-spelling it as niggah and nigga, we took away from racist caucasians their main mode of racism against Black Americans.
That aside, and my agreeing with Mr. Lemon on 4 of his 5 points aside as well…..my question is this: Does a Black person who has never had The Black Ghetto experience, have a right to offer advice on a subject he or she knows nothing about?
I personally know many Negroes who have made it out of the ghetto, gone on to great things. And never looked back.
I personally know many Black Americans who have escaped the horrors of the Black ghetto, become successful, or just average, but they returned to the Black ghetto to help others make it out.
If you made it out of the Black ghetto and escaped that Black ghetto experience, ask yourself this question….Have I returned to assist someone else in climbing up out of the Black ghetto experience…..before I got busy patting myself on the back for making it out?
The harsh reality is many people of color start in a ghetto, or a slum, or with zero resources to be successful in life. They work hard, they scuffle & sacrifice to make something of their existence. They “make it.” Then there are the humans who don’t or can’t make it for whatever reason, and there are millions of reasons.
Never sit in your broadcast chair and look down on those below you. Never give advice on issues you don’t actually comprehend because you had a better start in life.
It can be a long painful fall from grace Mr. Lemon.
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