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  •  take it easy man... (1+ / 0-)
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    Plantsmantx

    take Don Lemon as a trope, say, for Clarence Thomas and you'll understand the point Kwik so eloquently made : still black as night at the surface yet nothing in what the Justice says or does in court would suggest that he has any residual memory left in him of having been a part of black community in America.

    Seriously I don't see how being a gay (superficially) black guy who worked hard to be on the tv is a sure bet that one is soulful and has integrity.

    •  So Clarence Thomas who (1+ / 0-)
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      has a lengthy and documented history of saying things that African-Americans would consider offensive and Don Lemon who did a six minute segment, repeated things that many of us already discuss, are on the same level?

      I challenge you to find other comments Don has made that would even approach the level of outrage as these comments.  

      I don't feel like I'm the one who needs to take it easy.  

      Don Lemon and Clarence Thomas are not the same people or in the same category.  

      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 07:14:56 AM PDT

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      •  But they're both black (2+ / 0-)
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        so why would you say...

        To call a black man soulless, that he sounds like a sell-out, and to take his race from him is the ultimate insult one can't receive from a fellow black person.  I can only imagine a single insult that is lower than what the diarist did.
        ...then be alright with doing that in the case of Thomas?

        As you said upthread, you've said the same kind of thing Lemon said to specific individuals. Who hasn't? I have, too. But what I haven't ever done is express the opinion that anti-black racism is justified because of the actions of a few. Lemon could have said the same basic thing without putting it in the context that O'Reilly did. Not only did he do that, but he went as far as to say O'Reilly "didn't go far enough". That was twisting the knife, he knew it, and he meant to twist the knife. And he shouldn't be criticized? Why not?

        Black self-criticism is a time-honored tradition that transcends ideology. It's acceptable. But when one prefaces it by saying in so many words, "That racist white man was right". they go out of bounds, and become deserving of harsh criticism.

        •  Don didn't say any of that. (0+ / 0-)

          He didn't and has never said anything remotely controversial prior to this.  

          As much as I dislike the political views of Justice Thomas that doesn't make him less of a black man.

          Criticize Don all you want.  Does oversimplifying a complex argument from the news desk of CNN warrant criticism?  Yes it does.  

          What it doesn't warrant is an attack on him personally as a black man.  Nobody can take that away from him and I think that is an attack harsh enough to warrant an HR.  

          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 12:28:08 PM PDT

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