Thursday, August 1, 2013

Is Don Lemon "Black Enough" To Talk About Black People?

Well is he?  Don Lemon, the CNN correspondent, who added to Bill O'Reilly's controversial rant about black people. "He doesn't go far enough,"  Lemon said about the rants.  He went on to voice that blacks need to pull up their pants and stop using the N-word.  The response put a number of black folk in an uproar. And how dare he talk about black people in that way anyhow?  Is he indeed "black enough" to talk about his own kind on a global scale?

Well, sure he is.  He has a voice don't he?  When Lemon came out of the closet and told the world he was gay, surely the public had an avenue to voice how they felt about the matter...and they did.  So why can't Lemon talk about his own people?  Is he too much of a media profile to put black folk's business on blast? Is he "too educated" and out of touch to talk about matters within the inner-city? Or is he just one of the number of so-called celebrity individuals who simply can not talk about black people in public?

Bill Cosby, the philanthropist and entertainer, voiced his issues with black people and the manner in which we speak and behave.  The black community hated him for it. President Obama touched on the matter once upon a time in a way that seems he was scolding us. The majority of the black community couldn't stand him for about three days (although Tavis Smiley and Cornel West continued to dislike him for two additional years).  Our other beloved president, Bill Clinton, spoke on a need to improve the black family infrastructure.  The black community voiced their disapproval about that as well.

It simple comes down to the belief that no one has the right to talk about black people and their problems. That doesn't seem to make any sense.  Well, being that we were brought to America on slave ships, being that we were physically and emotionally abused for years, given countless promises that were left unfulfilled, endured beatings during a period of civil right demand, and have been perpetually discriminated against for reasons still unknown; well, I would say there is some reasoning behind that notion.  Hey, its simple.  Blacks do not like to be talked about in a negative way.

Yeaaahh...but still though, we can at least pull our damn pants up from time to time.  I do feel ya on that one, Don.