Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Don Lemon's Comments on Race in America


Hey lovelies! I hope you're all having a great week. I'm sure you've been keeping up with the Trayvon Martin case in the news. If you happen to be unaware of the situation, a. Where have you been??? b. Let me bring you up to speed. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African-American high school student who was fatally shot on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a 28-year old Hispanic man. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Trayvon was temporarily staying and ended up being killed at. Zimmerman, who carried a licensed gun, claimed that Trayvon, who had a hoodie on, looked suspicious and followed him around that night to make sure he wasn't starting any trouble. The two got involved in a scuffle and Zimmerman ended up shooting and killing Trayvon.

 About two weeks ago, to the disbelief of most, Zimmerman was found "not guilty" of manslaughter and acquitted of all charges.  This verdict enraged people around the world, Americans and non-Americans alike. Many people feel that race played a major role in this case and if the roles were reversed, Trayvon would have been found guilty. For me, my sadness is that a young boy is dead and his family has to deal with the premature loss of their loved one.

Now about two days ago journalist and CNN news anchor, Don Lemon, made some controversial remarks about race and the black community in America during his "No Talking Points" segment. In summary, he mentioned that there were five things he felt young African-Americans needed to do to improve the black community: 1. Males should pull up their pants and stop sagging, 2. Stop saying the N-word; in music or in regular conversation, 3. Stop trashing and littering the community, 4. Stay in school and go to college, and 5. ladies should stop having kids out of wedlock with absentee fathers.

As expected, his statements were met with a lot of criticism and disapproval. If you ask me, he hit the nail on the head! I see absolutely nothing wrong with his statements or his opinion. I believe as people, black or not, we must be accountable and conscious of our actions. Our appearance matters, it is the first impression people have of us. Why would you want the first thing someone notices on you to be your underwear! As for the N-word I said it in a previous post, if you don't want it used then DON'T USE IT. In regards to the rest of Don's points, I agree! As much as I believe that racism is still alive and that many black people are unfairly treated, I also believe that we must put ourselves in the best position for success in our lives through education and decorum, which I find lacking in the black community.

There are so many thoughts on the matter and I would love to hear your opinions on it. Do you agree with Don's comments? Do you disagree? Do you find them unfair and/or offensive? What's your stance? Leave a comment down below so we can get talking about it!

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