On Tuesday night, CNN’s Don Lemon urged people to stop demonizing “any one group or any one ethnicity” and, in the very same breath, stigmatized “white men … radicalized to the right” as “the biggest terror threat in this country.” So, conservative white men are not “any one group or any one ethnicity”? Oh, right, according to “intersectionality,” we’re not people!
CNN’s Chris Cuomo was discussing the horrific shooting of two black people at a Kroger in Kentucky. The suspect reportedly targeted a black church first, but could not get in, thank God. Ironically, the same CNN commentators who would avoid rushing to judgment if a shooter were a different race or Muslim immediately rushed to stigmatize white men.
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, some people who are marching towards the border like it’s imminent,” Lemon said.
“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,” Lemon declared.
“And we have to start doing something about them,” he added. “There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban — they had the Muslim ban — there is no ‘white guy’ ban.”
What exactly is Don Lemon suggesting? Should government go after conservative white men?
Furthermore, forcing both of the most heinous terrorism attempts in recent weeks into this narrative proves quite a strain. The man who killed 11 people at the Pittsburgh synagogue hated Donald Trump — because Trump is a friend to Jews. The man who attempted to send bombs to Democrats was half-Filipino and self-identified as a Native American. If liberals want to stigmatize “whiteness,” they’re going to run into the same problem white supremacists do — defining “white” is far from easy.
Lest America forget, the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil remains September 11, 2001, and the Saudi Arabian radical Islamic terrorists responsible were neither white nor “radicalized to the right” in the way Lemon suggested.
Make no mistake: the vast majority of conservative white men in the United States would utterly condemn acts of racially motivated and politically motivated terrorism. We express our utter hatred of these attacks, and stand with the victims. Conservative Christians in particular stand with their black brothers and sisters targeted by these evil people in Charleston in 2015 and in Kentucky last week.
In other news, Lemon recently said he doesn’t “see Democrats killing people” over politics. In response, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Majority Whip who nearly lost his life when a Bernie Sanders supporter started shooting at a Republican practice for the congressional baseball game, tweeted an image of eyeballs.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 30, 2018
Worst of all, however, is this CNN commentator’s suggestion that he is somehow avoiding “demonizing any one group or any one ethnicity” while explicitly demonizing conservative white men. Does he consider conservative white men somehow less than human?
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