CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday slammed individuals who spew racist rhetoric after which complain about “political correctness” or “cancel culture” when they’re referred to as out for his or her offensive feedback.
“Don’t give me that fake ‘I’m being censored’ BS,” mentioned the CNN anchor as he picked aside Rep. Chip Roy’s (R-Texas) protection of inflammatory rhetoric during a House hearing on anti-Asian sentiment earlier within the day.
Lemon aired footage of Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) condemning Roy’s feedback. Anti-Asian assaults have soared through the coronavirus pandemic, enabled by ex-President Donald Trump’s use of racist slurs to explain the virus. On Tuesday, six girls of Asian descent have been amongst eight folks shot to dying at therapeutic massage spas within the Atlanta space.
“It’s always some excuse,” Lemon mentioned of what now seems to be the go-to justification for racist feedback. “For saying some BS, for being racist or bigoted or letting it slip. Maybe these days, I don’t even know if it’s even letting it slip, people just say it.”
“That’s what the former president did became the imprimatur for bigots. The bigot imprimatur,” he continued. “Just say it right in the open. Not behind closed the doors, right in the open wearing a suit.”
Lemon clarified that it was not about political correctness, however about hate.
“Hate that is exploding into violence all across this country,” he mentioned. “This is about Asian Americans who are afraid to go to the store, afraid to lead their daily lives, wait for a bus, just play with their kids outside.”
“It’s about hate. Stop making it about you ― ‘My freedom, my freedom to be a bigot, to say racist things. My freedom to be, it’s politically correct, it’s cancel culture,’” he mentioned.
“Please, I’m sick of it, shut up. Take a good long look in the mirror. Stop being a bigot. Stop it.”
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