“Since the tragic incident of Trayvon Martin in 2012, CNN anchor Don Lemon has consistently antagonized and defamed the characteristics of African-Americans on the national scale in his mass communications.”
No details are given about what Mr. Lemon did to offend progressive sensibilities, it’s probably just there to get people riled up.
From the holding of the ‘N’ word sign before the national audience…”
To put this into some context, there was a debate between Mr. Lemon and legal analyst Sunny Hostin about whether it was acceptable for President Obama to use the word “nigger” in the context of a radio address he gave. I would agree with the President that the ability to use (or not use) a single word in polite company alone is not the metric to determine if an individual is racist.
Why isn’t Ms. Hostin acting so antagonized about the lyrics commonly found in rap music? If the discussion the President had about racism and slurs offended Ms. Hostin’s delicate sensibilities I wonder how she feels about hip-hop groups like Niggaz wit Attitudes,50 Cent and various other rap groups and stars? How offensive are the songs that they produced? Let’s take a look:
No moral outrage over those songs? I guess that it’s art, to someone anyway.
“…to his most recent comments of the unfortunate incident where a student was removed from her chair like a rag-doll by a police officer,”
Let’s take a look at some of what Mr. Lemon had to say about the aforementioned incident:
Seems reasonable enough to me. But this is probably the discussion that has drawn the ire and disgust of those who signed the petition:
But of course, wanting to prosecute the officer in a court of law rather than on a media show just isn’t good enough for progressives. I thought that liberals claimed to care about logic, facts, and evidence? Mr. Lemon hasn’t stated that what the officer did was right, justified, or legal. One of the other interesting things to note from some of the video comments is that people don’t seem to think that a woman or teenager without a gun can’t be dangerous or commit violence. Might explain why gender disparities in sentencing favor being a woman far more than being a white male. That’s a tangent I should discuss another time though.
“…Mr. Lemon has avoided the chance to state the obvious: the challenges that face African-Americans are real and that solutions need to be found.”
“Mr. Lemon has failed his responsibility because he seems to forget the true essence of journalism: to present the facts and not judge, defame or antagonize. We, the people, want a journalist and an anchor that will not be afraid to accept the facts that are occurring within the African-American community and who will encourage our people the same way that person will encourage others across the board. We, the people, have no confidence in Mr. Lemon’s ability to do that. Therefore, we are asking CNN to remove him from his position.”
Oh, the irony of this entire statement. Let’s also take a look at what some of the supporters of this position had to say. It simply is astounding.