Don Lemon is a controversial character, but he seems to be emotionally invested in the protests occuring in Ferguson, Missouri. Lemon told a story on the air that surprised some observers, as he said that one of his production people overheard a member of the National Guard use the n-word when referring to the protesters.
Lemon doesn’t say if the guardsman was black or white, which could be another issue within itself. But the implications are still quite disturbing. So, we ask: Is this the attitude of one person or something that can be aggregated to the collective? What does it all mean and why did Lemon mention it on the air?
CNN anchor Don Lemon returned to the news studio after spending several days in Ferguson with a lot of information to impart on his viewers. Lemon, while hosting a “Black and White in America” townhall, was discussing the fαtal shoοting of Michael Brown when he offered a story about racism within law enforcement.
“I’m just going to be honest with you. Last night, one of my producers said that they — I won’t say if it’s a he or she, because I don’t want to give anyone away — said they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard and that they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white, because these n-words, you never know what they’re going to do.’ True story. I kid you not. 2014, a member of the National Guard. And my producer doesn’t lie. It is a true story.”