CNN’s Don Lemon is one of the worst players in the media game when it comes to fomenting racial prejudices, and he’s not remotely shy about it.
It’s still odd to me that no one calls him out on it, but CNN, in its full-bore case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, is ready and willing to take whatever opposite narrative against the Trump administration it needs to in order to hurt him and the Republican party.
I honestly wish everything I said in the previous paragraph was hyperbole, but everything tells me that it’s just not. When you have a guest say that Trump has radicalized more people than ISIS, and go unchallenged while on the air, there’s a sickness there.
What’s worse is that they seem almost unaware of their own sickness. By the somber looks and the anger and/or sadness with which they speak like they’re reporting on the aftermath of 9/11, they truly believe that America is under some kind of attack and that the enemy of all nations is living within U.S. borders.
Lemon is a perfect example.
Lemon sees monsters under the bed. White monsters. They’re in every closet, and waiting around every corner. They’re wearing red MAGA hats, and voting for Republicans in the midterms who, by all accounts (at CNN) are guilty of racism by virtue of belonging to the same party as the evil incarnate sitting in the White House.
What’s more, their racism is causing them to spread fear and loathing about people who aren’t white. Nevermind the idea that unfettered illegal immigration will have a deleterious effect on the nation in everything from finances to crime. Anything said against them is undeserved demonization stemming from racism and it must be stopped.
For Lemon, the demonization has to stop because it causes divides the people and he calls for it to end.
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking the biggest terror threat is something else,” said Lemon Tuesday night. “Some people who are marching, ya know, toward the border like it’s imminent. The last time they did this, a couple hundred people came and they, ya know – most of them didn’t get into the country.”
Lemon is missing the fact that we’re not looking at a couple hundred migrants. We’re looking at thousands in the five-figure range, but I digress. Lemon somberly goes on from saying that we need to stop demonizing one ethnic group to demonizing an entire ethnic group.
“So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” said Lemon.
CNN's Don Lemon: "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." pic.twitter.com/OFu9fL3eHn
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 31, 2018
In one sentence, Lemon did multiple things. The first is the obvious hypocrisy. The second is that he painted white Republican voters as evil. Nevermind that only one has done anything to the effect of terrorizing people whilst the left is currently sporting and supporting domestic terror groups like Antifa and radicalized socialists that like to shoot up baseball fields filled with high-ranking Republicans, and Democrats who physically assault GOP officials. Nevermind that people are shooting at Republican headquarters with firearms.
No, white Republicans are the problem, and MOST of them — not just one — are radicalized to the right.
To break it down, Lemon labeled a race as a problem, their sex as a multiplier, an entire ideology as the cause of terrorism, and that the lion’s share of those with the ideology are dangerous to society.
This is, in essence, and un-personing of much of America. Lemon, on a widely watched cable news network, just gave many of its viewers the go-ahead to consider white male Republicans the equivalent of trash that can be treated as such. That it’s okay to dismiss their hopes, fears, and humanity because they are, as Lemon sees it, the enemy of the good.
I can’t tell you how dangerous this is, but you can see it for yourself with examples of what happens when this un-personing occurs throughout history. It’s worrisome that it goes completely unchallenged on CNN, which is viewed by millions, especially if you count the people watching the replays online.
THAT is evil.