Shut up, Don.
Those are the only words I have left to offer Don Lemon.
Last night, the CNN anchor reached a new low when he had the gall to hold a debate about whether President Barack Obama should apologize for slavery.
I’m really curious to know why this would be a subject that Don Lemon would even want to explore at all. As a Black man, does he not see how problematic it is to suggest that the first Black president be the one to apologize for the horrors this country did to Black people?
In the column he wrote:
“The first black man to live in the White House, long hesitant about doing anything bold on the color divide, could make one of the most simple and dramatic moves of his presidency: apologize for the land of the free being, at one time, the largest slaveholding nation on earth. As the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother who died more than a century after slavery ended, Barack Obama has little ancestral baggage on this issue. Yet no man could make a stronger statement about America’s original sin than the first African-American president.”
He prefaced this bold statement by mentioning the big news of the week: Rachel Dolezal, the Emanuel AME Church massacre and the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. How do you have the audacity to mention that a Black person apologize for slavery right after you mention the mockery of Black women that was Rachel Dolezal and the heartbreaking Emanuel AME massacre?
But it was Lemon who decided to further validate his ridiculous assertions by bringing him on air.
Thankfully, the other panelist spoke Joe Madison for the rest of us, “Hell no. Let me make something clear: There is no way that the first African-American President should be the first President of the United States of America to apologize for an institution that was based on white supremacy,” he said. “That should be the next white President of the United States.”
But then, to make matters even worse, (you didn’t think it was possible, did you?), Lemon had the nerve to ask “why race matters” in the context of this conversation. Yes, that’s right. He asked why race matters when asking our first Black president to apologize for slavery.
Madison promptly shut him down, saying, “Once again, this is not an institution that was created by an African-American. If you want to talk about being really heartfelt, then it should come from those individuals whose heritage benefitted from this. This is absolutely the most absurd thing that I have ever heard.”
The ridiculous debate was the latest in Lemon’s Great Trolling Tour Of 2015. Just Monday night, he held up a big sign with the word ‘Nigger’ on it, along with the confederate flag.
The fact that Don Lemon’s ratings are through the roof for the 25-54 demographic almost guarantees that he’s secure in his position. So how many more years of this foolishness do we have to deal with? What is it going to take for CNN to get him out of here?
Because I can’t take it anymore.
Other WTF Moments From Don Lemon:
Everybody Hates Don Lemon: The Best Brawls With The CNN Host Who Does The Most
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1. Don Lemon Holds Up "N*gger" Sign
"Does this offend you?" Don asked. Why Don? Why!? Maybe he wanted to spark a dialogue around the hot-button word and the flying of the Confederate flag in South Carolina (because he held that up too), but we're not too sure what his point was. We don't think he knows either. But the world wasn't having it.
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2. Don Lemon Says "Nigger" on CNN arguing with Sonny about Obama's use of N Word
Sonny Hostin and Don Lemon got into a yelling match over the use of the word "n*gger." Sonny maintained that Don shouldn't use the word, but Don says she shouldn't be trying to sanitize it.
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3. CNN’s Don Lemon Defends OU Frat Mom: ‘Is She Really Racist?’
OU frat mother Beauton Gilbow was called racist after a Vine video showed her repeatedly using, "N*gga." Don Lemon doesn't think she's racist and says that she was just coerced into singing a song. During the segment, instead of saying he's Black, Lemon said, "my color." SMH.
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4. ‘Do you support ISIS?’: CNN’s Don Lemon stuns Muslim human rights attorney
Don Lemon was an idiot for asking Muslim human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar if he supports ISIS. Obviously stunned by the idiocy, Iftikhar wrote Lemon an open letter. In it, he called Lemon's inquiry a "patently offensive racist dumb-ass question” and said it was like the "moral equivalent of asking a white person ‘Do you support the Ku Klux Klan?'" He also thanked Lemon for making him famous.
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5. Don Lemon VS Tavis Smiley beat down fight Over Obama!
"Come on Don, don't start that nonsense," Tavis Smiley said as Don Lemon interrupted him to say he wasn't saying anything positive about the president.
It seems Don took offense to Tavis' harsh criticism on President Obama. and Tavis said, "I think what you just did was insulting to me. Don't invite me on, ask me a question and an honor answer and try to jump bad with me brother."
One of the best Lemon brawls.
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6. CNN’s Don Lemon Tells Bill Cosby Accuser “There Are Ways Not To Perform Oral Sex”
Don Lemon told the alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby if she knew there were ways to not have oral sex if you didn't want it. He then asked if she considered biting his penis. SMH. Sir.
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7. Conservative Utterly Embarrass CNN's Don Lemon on His Ignorance of Guns
Don Lemon thinks he knows about guns, but he doesn't. And not only does he not know, but he refuses to back down.
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8. CNN's Don Lemon Agrees With Bill O'Reilly: 'He Doesn't Go Far Enough' In Criticizing Black Culture
Bill O'Reilly said, "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.” And Lemon says he didn't take is far enough and offered 5 tips for Blacks.
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9. Don Lemon Fires Back At Critics, 'Uncle Tom' Label What's Wrong With 'Telling People To Dress Appropriately?'
Don Lemon doesn't realize that he can't tell people how to dress and also dressing a certain way doesn't guarantee a Black man's safety in the streets.
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10. CNN Guest Rips Don Lemon's Race Remarks: 'Sound Like Conservative Preacher, O'Reilly Welcomes You'
Michael Skolnik reads Don Lemon for filth, saying that his comments on race sound like a conservative preacher.
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11. CNN's Don Lemon "Pushed And Strong-Armed" During LIVE Broadcast By Police Officer Dan Page
Lemon went to Ferguson and has finally realized that he’s a Black man and there’s certain unnecessary, yet painful truths that we have to deal with all because of the color of our skin. *GASP* Lemon has become empathic to the Black experience and it delights me to see that he’s finally getting it.
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12. Talib Kweli Threatens to Quit CNN Don Lemon Interview over Ferguson Protest
Talib claimed the the media has been doing a "horrible" job in reporting what's going on in Ferguson, but Don didn't agree. But instead of letting Talib explain, Don chose to talk over him. Talib was ready to GO! No one has time for Don Lemon. Talib started going in on Don not even greeting him like a man. Ooop!
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13. Don Lemon Interviews Russell Simmons (Then Disses Him)
Lemon invites Russell Simmons on to his show to hash out what needs to be done to help the Black community and shortly after that interview, invited LZ Granderson on the show to talk crap about Simmons' views.
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14. Don Lemon gets angry with Nkepile Mabuse
Calm down Don, she's a lady.