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    he's said that black people should be re-enslaved so we'll know what real racism is, although he's publicly thanked God for slavery bringing his ancestors here- during an appearance on a white supremacist radio show.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

     He's said that "black racism killed Trayvon Martin", and that black people don't have sufficient respect for whites.

    •  He's still a black man (0+ / 0-)

      like it or not, you can't take that away from him.  

      Argue the points, argue the validity of his message, but he's just as black as anyone else.  

      Arguing otherwise would end blackness as a race and shift it towards a culture in which anyone of any color could be 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 Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 12:36:20 PM PDT

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      •  What? (1+ / 0-)
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        Arguing otherwise would end blackness as a race and shift it towards a culture in which anyone of any color could be black.
        That makes no sense. In fact, you're contradicting yourself. If you can never say "You're not black", then anyone can say "I'm black".

        In any case, saying someone isn't black isn't even the issue. I don't think anyone has said Don Lemon isn't black. However, I think he, and to a much larger extent, someone like Peterson, are aiding the enemies of the black community, and we shouldn't feel inhibited in saying so if we think that's the case.

        Black rightists aren't exempt from criticism- even harsh criticism.

        •  It's not a contradiction. (0+ / 0-)

          The diarist made the comments about Don not being a part of his community in the second paragraph then reiterated the point in a brief back and forth.  

          The black experience in America is as broad as the sea is wide and if one of us has an experience that leads them to believe controversial ideas to the rest of us makes not an ounce of difference in their standing as African-Americans.  

          Whether you disagree with Don Lemon or not it has absolutely nothing to do with him being a black man.  The argument can be made without personally attacking him, calling him a sell out, saying he is without a soul, pretending to know whether or not he left his community behind, so on and so forth.  

          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 05:02:32 PM PDT

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        •  Calling someone a sell-out (0+ / 0-)

          or saying they have no soul or are not a part of "my community" is not criticism.

          You can't seriously be trying to have a reasonable conversation with me and suggest that those things amount to criticism.  

          That is childish name calling and nothing more.  

          This is criticism

          These are my countrymen and countrywomen you are talking about.   These are my people, my sisters, my brothers you are dismissing.  As a people we must solve these problems, but you are utterly wrong because the problems wont be solved by the same kind of thinking that caused them.  
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          (criticism)I think he has a responsibility that corresponds to the national stage he's on and (name calling)do consider his alliance with the beliefs and BS of Bill O'Reilly to be a complete and utter sell out.
          I don't know what to call this but it's not criticism
          Yes, Mr Don will always be part of the black community.  A part that we unfortunately have to put up with.  I, for one wish there was some magic potion we could give Mr. Don that would turn him white - I bet that would make him very, very happy indeed.
          You rec'd the last comment, so how can you say that it's not about him being black, when the crux of this comment was about him being a self-hater, who "we" want to give a magic white pill to so "we" can all be happy.  

          You don't have to agree but don't bullshit me, I understand and agree with the criticism but his blackness and his soul and his commitment to his community(something any reasonable person could not ascertain after watching a six minute segment) are untouchable.  

          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 05:13:31 PM PDT

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