Don Lemon has caught a lot of flack over his words and/or “instructive tone” aimed at the African American community lately. The EUR reported various stories that stemmed from Lemon’s “five-point” list he used to “fix” the ills that he described as “plaguing the community”.
But to add insult to injury, Lemon patted Bill O’Reilly on his back for his remarks in reference to the death of Trayvon Martin and the racial conversation that has ensued since the verdict. Lemon gave a list of five things on his show Talking Points that black folks should consider so that a healing can begin:
1) Stop sagging your pants! 2) Stop using the N-word! 3) Respect where you live 4) Finish school 5) Stop having babies out of wedlock!
Well, we’ve decided to take it one step further, Lemon! We have found a list on Novaslim.com to completely fix the black community. In fact, we have our suspicions that you might even be behind this satirical list. We feel that this list may give you the same satisfaction as Bill O’Reilly’s take on what our problem really is.
Here’s a couple items from the list “15 Things Black People Must Do In Order to End Racism”:
9. It is the responsibility of the Negro to name his child appropriately. Names like Ebony, Kenya, Keisha and especially names that are more than two syllables long are unprofessional and difficult to pronounce. Additionally, names like Ahmad, Khalil or Muhammed suggest collusion with terrorists. Names like Sarah, Madison, Amy and Scott are much more acceptable and will ensure that the Negro is able to find a job, but only if spelled correctly.
15. It is the responsibility of the Negro to acknowledge that racial slurs against white people, such as cracker, honkey, and white devil, perpetuate and reflect the historic disenfranchisement and oppression of white Americans. The power behind these words is very wounding to white people, and they are therefore unacceptable.
7. It is the responsibility of the Negro to maintain hairstyles that are acceptable to American whites. This means discontinuing hairstyles such as Afros, dreadlocks, braids, cornrows, Philly’s, multi-colored hair, and other styles that may directly or indirectly suggest any sort of regional trends or cultural pride. For tips on definitive, acceptable hairstyles, the Negro must consult the expertise of white people and go to great lengths to control the texture of their hair to the extent that it mirrors that of American whites.
While this list obviously pokes fun at racists, this list is akin to the list the Chicago Defender printed in their paper to instruct blacks migrating from the North during the 1930’s on what would be socially and racially acceptable. A film called Soldiers Without Swords, is a documentary detailing the origins of the black press that gives an interesting perspective on the media through our eyes and why the Chicago Defender was not an anomaly.
Is Don Lemon trying to return us to the days where the media feels compelled to tell the black community how to act? If so, there’s a flaw with his presentation because the migration is over. We have resided in the areas where we are being hostilely targeted and treated by police, receiving substandard education or no education due to school closings or little to no resources provided for our schools or teachers, and where lack of employment has, contrary to popular belief, has historically devastated us long before Obama was on the scene.
Here’s the list in full. Have fun with it. We have to laugh at something!