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  •  Memory Loss? (3+ / 0-)
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    Kwik, WilliamE, Yasuragi
    Why is Don Lemon no longer black?
    Not being black, I can't comment definitively, but he seems to have turned his back on his own community.

    When someone from the 'hood gets paid in some legit manner, and can thus move on up, those who can't move up yet often say, 'don't forget about me.' Seems like Mr. Lemon has memory loss...

    Coolio has a rap about that, 'Give something back to the 'hood...'

    Seems only just.

    "Somehow, one of our nation’s two great parties has become infected by an almost pathological meanspiritedness..." -Paul Krugman

    by paz3 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:55:17 PM PDT

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    •  Okay now I see (3+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev, burlydee, orestes1963

      since Don is from the hood, regardless of whether you know anything about his life or upbringing, he hasn't brought enough people up behind him, eventhough there is no way you could know that either.  

      May I ask, what is the dollar amount that a black successful person must make to start bringing people along with them in order to still be considered black?

      Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

      by mim5677 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 01:16:18 PM PDT

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      •  Now I'm tipping this (2+ / 0-)
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        Yes, he is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I don't know whether he's "from the 'hood" or not.

        Some people don't even think that I'm from "the hood"...even though I kinda sorta am...black people in my family represent all sorts of economic classes and I do resent the assumption that Lemon is from "the hood"

      •  Not Meant Literally (0+ / 0-)
        Okay now I see since Don is from the hood, regardless of whether you know anything about his life or upbringing, he hasn't brought enough people up behind him, even though there is no way you could know that either.
        Apologies: I was writing metaphorically, and did not say so. I merely was referring to the turning-of-the-back on Mr. Lemon's part that seems so apparent. Since, for better or worse, it seems that most black folks in the US live in some sort of mostly black  neighborhood, I was using "'hood" as a symbol of that.

        Apologies if I offended...

        "Somehow, one of our nation’s two great parties has become infected by an almost pathological meanspiritedness..." -Paul Krugman

        by paz3 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11:55 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not offended by (0+ / 0-)

          the hood comment.  

          I just don't believe that we can tell if someone has turned their back on any part of society based on such limited information.  

          I shouldn't have used "you" meaning you but in general.

          Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

          by mim5677 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 10:21:57 AM PDT

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    •  Your comment is spot on. (5+ / 0-)

      How can he still be part of something he's turned his back on?

      •  Aside from this segment (2+ / 0-)
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        can you point to any other statements he's made that would suggest that he has turned his back on black people?

        Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

        by mim5677 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 01:23:34 PM PDT

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      •  How can he turn his back on Blacks (0+ / 0-)

        When he did not have a spine in the first place

      •  Isn't this a corollary to one of the problems (1+ / 0-)
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        Lemon cites re education and "acting white?  Some may feel that getting an education and speaking proper English make one less black (accepting Lemon's claim for the sake of argument).  You apparently feel that by virtue of these comments Lemon is no longer a member of the black community.  It seems to me that both attitudes are divisive and a set up for failure because they rely upon a limited perspective of what is acceptable behavior for black people.  Is this not one of the legacies of discrimination that must be overcome?  

    •  sarcasm alert (0+ / 0-)

      he's not considered black because he criticized black people, therefore he must be a traitor.

      •  What sarcasm? (0+ / 0-)

        You're not being sarcastic at all.

        You did sort of stumble on the problem, though- Lemon used a broad brush.

      •  You just don't get it, Trobone. (3+ / 0-)
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        Kwik, a2nite, Cassandra Waites

        Read a few black blogs and read for active listening.  He's a "traitor" in some minds because he allowed himself to be the Negro Shield for the likes of Bill O'Reilly et al.

        FYI, my youngest white son, as a teenager, wore hoodies and sagging pants, listened to rap and I didn't fear for his life or have to have "the conversation". Regular teenage rebellion is assumed for white males while their black cohorts are profiled as dangerous delinquents/criminals.

        Lemon reinforced these separate but unequal prejudices which then result in separate but unequal prejudices institutionalized in our criminal justice system.

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