For the second day in a row, CNN’s Don Lemon has pissed off the very demographic the cable network has employed him to pander to, African-Americans.
On Monday, Lemon held up a giant sign that said “N*gger” only without the censorship. His was a response to President Obama using that word in an interview with Marc Maron and Lemon’s idea, apparently, was to equate Obama’s use of the word to the offensiveness of the Confederate flag. It failed. He failed.
He didn’t gain any ground back on Tuesday night when he had as guests New York Times’ Timothy Egan and African-American activist and radio talk show host Joe Madison.
The topic was on an op-ed that Egan had written suggesting that President Obama should be the first President to apologize for slavery.
The first black man to live in the White House, long hesitant about doing anything bold on the color divide, could make one of the most simple and dramatic moves of his presidency: apologize for the land of the free being, at one time, the largest slaveholding nation on earth.
That’s right, he wants the first black President to apologize for the greatest injustice America has ever committed, which happens to be toward African-American people. While the President himself may or may not have slaves in his ancestry, Michelle and therefore his children, do. This is a lot like asking a German-Jew to apologize for the Holocaust.
Lemon agreed with Egan but Madison didn’t, saying:
“There is no way that the first African-American President should be the first President of the United States of America to apologize for an institution that was based on white supremacy,” Madison said.
“That should be the next white President of the United States.
Source: Crooks and Liars
In 2009, the Senate apologized for slavery but it was symbolic. The House did the same in 2008. Both resolutions were purely symbolic and even in 2009, it was criticized as being meaningless because it was passed by a Democratic Congress under a Democratic African-American President. It would be more healing coming from a white Republican, it was said.
Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Obama did apologize? African-Americans would rightfully be horrified that once again, the onus for racism is put on them. White racists would be equally angry because the black guy dared speak for them. Could you imagine how racists would react if Obama promised reparations?
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