Don Lemon took to his “No Talking Points” platform to address critics and their overwhelming responses to his recent take on assisting black men in bettering themselves and their community.
By offering five tips –– pull up your pants, eradicate the N-word, respect the environment you live in, finish school, and cease having kids out of wedlock –– the CNN Newsroom host ignited much controversy surrounding the crisis of the African American community and its disintegration.
While many bashed Lemon for blaming the black youth for their own demise, others thought his “solutions” were far too simple to help turn around any kind of problem akin to racial issues.
However, not only did Lemon clarify that his five points were not meant to “cure” racism or anything in relations to it, but he also urged critics to consider it as a first step in self-awareness and addressed one particular commentator –– Russell Simmons…
I’m glad you wrote the letter. I almost didn’t respond. Not because I think you completely missed the point, not because, like many of the other critics, I thought you were just using the occasion as a promotion for one of your businesses, your website, but I wasn’t going to address it because, quite honestly, it was hard to take you, and it, seriously after you called me derogatory names like ‘slave’ on Twitter.
Lemon went on to add that he has invited Mr. Simmons to appear on the program several times, including Saturday night (August 10), but had been declined. “Don’t throw stones, and then hide your hand.”
In his open letter, Russell Simmons’ comments were frank, yet seemed a little unfounded.
I can’t accept that you would single out black teenagers as the cause of their own demise because they don’t speak the King’s English or wear belts around their waistbands.
Young people sagging their pants today is no different than young people rockin’ afros, dashikis, or platform shoes in the 60′s and 70′s.
Needless to say, Lemon had much to say about the Hip-hop mogul comparing saggin’ pants to something as celebratory as the afro. Catch Lemon’s full segment in details up top, as he addresses Russell Simmons’ letter point by point.
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