Don Lemon Unfairly Suggests White People Focus On Who's Actually Killing Them
CNN's Don Lemon callously disrupted all the racial harmony we've enjoyed in Donald Trump's America when he declared Monday that "white men are the devil." No, actually, he didn't pull a Louis Farrakhan, to invoke a familiar bogeyman. He just stated inconvenient facts.
LEMON: I keep trying to point out to people and not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity. But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, someone, people who are marching, you know, towards the border, like it's imminent. 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. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on -- you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So what do we do about that?
Naturally, this caused all the people who don't see race to suddenly see theirs and feel attacked and "demonized." Welcome to the club. The DJ in the "Stop and Frisk" room is playing some early Britney Spears. Lemon isn't suggesting we actually "ban" white men. If we did that, who'd tell us our opinions are wrong? He's just pointing out that Americans tend to exaggerate perceived threats, presuming the worst in those who don't look or worship like them. America just suffered the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history, following a terrifying period when a deranged Trump supporter mailed out explosive devices to prominent Democrats including more than one former president. How does the current president respond? He rants about possible rock-wielding immigrants. We have seen the enemy, and we refuse to accept it's us.
Lemon's point was so clearly made even an idiot could understand.
I said "even an idiot could understand." Do you realize how much it'd cost for Trump to get Junior a passing grade on his "village idiot" exam? Genius here wants us to imagine the outrage if we replaced a noun in a factual statement with another unrelated noun that rendered the statement no longer factual. "Flying nuns are the greatest terror threat in the nation!" Why, that's just absurd! Flying nuns don't even exist. Or ... do they?
Despite the inevitable gnashing of teeth from FOX's Tucker Carlson, who thinks midwestern white people are the truly oppressed class, Lemon refused to back down and apologize like some common Democrat. The power of Andrew Gillum compelled him to keep serving up the hot truth, extra spicy.
"Well, tonight I want to talk about some uncomfortable truths: the truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country," Lemon began, before reminding viewers of his original remarks. "I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men. That angered some people. But let's put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming."
Dang, bruh, he brought facts. Between the Klan and all the mass shootings, this could get uncomfortable.
Lemon directly called out Trump and the GOP's "blatantly racist" fear mongering. He demanded we see the obvious fact that Trump is scapegoating brown people from other countries to avoid a "reckoning" at the ballot box. Lemon's not playing a "blame game." He's not trying to stoke what Malcolm X called the "guilt complex" of white people. Unlike Trump, Lemon isn't selling hate -- just the truth. America should get its own house in order before worrying so much about the relatively small number of desperate people seeking shelter in it.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle.