Don Lemon: A National Guard Referred to Protesters in Ferguson by ‘N-Word’

Don Lemon, 2014
Don Lemon, 2014


*CNN Host Don Lemon may not be a black persons’ favorite when it comes to his viewpoints on anything black, but recently, still in the throws of anger and despair over the events taking place in Ferguson, a shocked audience watched and listened to him at a town hall meeting; where he described a run-in between his producer and a member of the National Guard. The producer, who the anchor refused to identify, had heard one of the officers call protesters “n–gers,” Raw Story reports.

While on a panel to discuss a proposal that suggests all law-enforcement officers wear body cameras, Kevin Jackson, from the Black Sphere website, noted that people often modify their behavior when they know a camera is present. “If there’s a camera, [the officer] knows he’s got to check himself,” Jackson explained. “And if you know an officer has a camera, you also have to check yourself.”

But Lemon wondered if it would deter a certain “type of person” from seeking work in law enforcement, and recounted the story about his  producer to bring his point home.

“Last night, one of my producers said that they—I won’t say if it’s a he or a she because I don’t want to give anyone away—said that 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 know, you never know what they’re going to do,’” Lemon told the shocked audience.

“True story. I kid you not,” he insisted. “[In] 2014, a member of the National Guard, and my producer doesn’t lie.”

Read more at the Raw Story.

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