I have been reading for the last week conversations on Facebook and various black-oriented websites about CNN anchor Don Lemon's commentary last Saturday. Lemon had the audacity to agree with some critical remarks by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly about the upbringing of black youth and then to add some criticisms of his own for good measure. And for that, Lemon has been raked over the coals by a host of black people and some whites. Indeed, some of the insults hurled at Lemon had a frantic, almost manic quality, as if he had wandered off the reservation and has to be brought back at all costs. It was as if someone had given an order: "Get that Negro back in line!"
How sad! How pathetic!
The man offered five pieces of advice that ought to be unexceptionable, and yet they are treated as if they are an attack on "the black community." I would bet a week's pay that none of Lemon's critics raise their own children the way they suggest is just fine for others in "the black community."
Lemon's critics strike me as being in deep, deep denial. Far from criticizing him, we should be lauding him for raising these inconvenient truths that we desperately need to face.