CNN’s Don Lemon endured a liberal backlash when he dared to mention the smell of marijuana smoke in Ferguson last year. He was named the worst reporter of the year by several left-leaning news watchdogs, and many in the media saw him as a traitor to the cause. Perhaps it was being raked over the coals for something so incidental and unimportant that inspired Lemon to think about how insidious the PC culture has become.
Lemon, whose status as both black and gay should be enough to shield him from most liberal critics, said on Black America Web that Jerry Seinfeld had a point. Seinfeld made headlines this week when he decried how sensitive and absurd college kids were getting when it came to terms like racism. Lemon agrees.
“Do you allow room in your space for those who disagree with you?” he asked. “Do you ever call coworkers or the person you hear on the radio or see on TV stupid because you disagree with them or because they don’t hold your same opinion about an issue? If so, then you might be too politically correct for your own good, for society’s good.”
Lemon went on to advise that Americans “stop looking for reasons to be offended.” Instead, he said, we should give people the benefit of the doubt when they are wrong. Let them make mistakes in their speech “without calling them racist, bigots, stupid, dumb, sell-outs and on and on.”
But it was his closing rant that left liberals in shock. “After almost 25 years in the news business, you know who is the most easily offended and the least tolerant: Liberals and progressives, because many of them don’t really want to hear anyone else’s opinion but their own.”
Whew! Tell us, Don, how good did it feel to get that off your chest?
There must be others wrapped up in the news business that feel the same way. America is changing fast, and this up-and-coming generation seems to believe that they must be on constant vigilance against every possible offense. They’ve learned all there is to know about “dog whistle racism,” “microaggressions,” “white privilege,” and all of these other academic rotten eggs that are currently stinking up the country. They are the first real incarnation of the PC Police, and they are making real conversations nearly impossible.
What they may or may not realize is that political correctness is a means to an end. They are pawns – whether willing or not – of a larger movement to change the way Americans think. To make it so whites, males, heterosexuals, and other “people of privilege” have no voice in the dialogue. If they want one, they must first submit to the lingo and then they must submit to the terms of the debate. And so it is that a liberal can merely cry, “Racist!” and win any argument by default.
It doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the future, but maybe enough people are waking up to what’s happening that we can put a stop to it. If Don Lemon is on our side, after all, anything is possible.