EBONY’s “hoodie covers” are an injustice, glorifying a thug culture, which can get young black men killed. I guess the next EBONY cover will feature black male celebrities and their sons wearing saggy pants, revealing their boxers. Black and white men for that matter can wear what they want but the only reason men dress in hoodies, chains and baggy pants is to look menacing. Except hip hop moguls, making millions off inciting violence, I don’t know any businessmen dressing like thugs, which brings us to CNN’s anchor Don Lemon.
Ever since Lemon had the audacity to state the obvious--- the problems facing black America are caused by their OWN bad behavior, not white people, black liberals went apoplectic. After the George Zimmerman murder trial ended, Lemon felt he could unleash his frustrations about the state of black America. From use of the word “n****r” to blacks 73% out of wedlock birth, Lemon cited five things blacks should avoid.
Lemon who usually tows CNN’s liberal narrative was lambasted by MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor as a “a turncoat mofo” and called “a slave” by Russell Simmons for daring to jump out of the black box of denial. Simmons, who has made billions off of producing hip hop music, glorifying violence, sent Lemon a letter this week. During his recent show, Lemon said he wasn’t going to bother to respond to the letter it because he couldn’t take it seriously after Simmons called him “a slave on Twitter.”
Simmons declined Lemon’s invitation to appear on CNN to defend his actions but tweeted this:
"Russell Simmons @UncleRUSH Hey @DonLemonCNN -- I want to formally apologize for calling you a "slave" - I just think you're promoting the wrong message."
But Lemon decided to address points in Simmons’ letter, including that Lemon was taking the conservative point of view in criticizing black men. Lemon said problems don’t have political affiliation, “attack the problem not the messenger.” Simmons letter was nonsense. He accused Lemon of blaming black teens “for their own demise” because they don’t speak “the King’s English or wear belts around their waistbands.” Well they should.
After giving Simmons a history lesson on the civil rights movement and African pride born out of the 1960s, Lemon asked, “Are you equating dressing like a criminal to African pride?”
MSNBC host Neblett tweeted:
"Touré @Toure Don blaming Black people for our problems doesn't mean he's tough or honest or smart. It reveals him as short sighted & cowardly."
Excuse mongering for the problems facing blacks today by blacks needs to end and that’s what Don Lemon said all along. It’s not a Democrat or Republican thing it’s a personal responsibility thing. If whites, Asians, Hispanics and other races can be expected to achieve in America, why can’t blacks? What’s “cowardly” and dishonest is for blacks like Toure and Simmons refusing to acknowledge why more blacks than whites are violent, dropping out of school, and poorer than whites. Because of the near collapse of the black family.
Growing up as a child all the people in my life, black and white, NEVER told me what I couldn't be, they told me the possibilities were infinite with hard work and personal responsibility. After nearly 50 years of liberal policies coddling black Americans with little economic progress to show for it, don’t we think it’s time to try something new?
Crystal Wright is author of the newly released book Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division. She is also the principal owner of the Baker Wright Group, LLC , a full service public relations firm, specializing in communications counseling, media relations, message development, media training and crisis communications. The firm’s approach is straight forward: an unvarnished approach to public relations.