When Michael Brown was gunned down last month, many celebrities went to Ferguson, Missouri to aid the cause in what way they could.
Well, that was bound to happen–celebrities will do anything to lend their name to causes that get them MORE ATTENTION, but one of the strangest encounters was between Hip Hop performer Talib Kweli and Don Lemon.
Now, I watched it…listened, and just for the life of me, couldn’t understand why it turned out this way.
Was Don Lemon acting condescending? Or…was he just being DON LEMON: the man who THINKS he’s the spokesperson for Black America?
Some time ago, I wrote a piece on Don Lemon about some comments he made that I felt was derogatory towards the Black community on his show Talking Points. Basically, Don blamed young Black men for the treatment they received for the manner in which they dressed (sagging). I don’t like it either, but I’m not going to have a discussion with a predominantly white audience; and basically enabling racist thoughts that aren’t filtered with education and interaction.
A lot of Black people, including myself, took Lemon to task for his comments.
I went as far as to contact CNN directly and speak my mind.
As for this bizarre exchange, this was about respect. Nothing more.
We aren’t all the same, and everyone has a point of view.
Talib was trying to speak, but Don wanted to control the interview.
That’s my point.
Will they be friends?
Only time will tell.
*KEEP THE FOCUS ON MIKE BROWN*