On his program Wednesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed CNN anchor Don Lemon’s recent comments, in which he admitted that Black Lives Matter isn’t really concerned with black people who die from any other cause other than police violence.
In an interview with Terry Crews, Lemon admitted that Black Lives Matter, the phrase, really isn’t “all-encompassing,” which is why the organization isn’t worried about black-on-black crime. He encouraged Crews to start his own movement focused on “ALL black lives,” if that’s what he felt compelled to do.
That was an astonishing admission on its own (though completely in line with what we see from Black Lives Matter), but Carlson took it a step further, comparing Lemon’s recent remarks with comments he made on the air in 2013.
“If you’re running a channel like CNN, you want dumb people on TV because they are compliant, they will say what they’re told, they will tell the audience what the moment demands, they will never stray from the script, and that’s exactly what Mr. Lemon is doing,” Carlson said. “But just seven years ago, it was a different country and people were kind of allowed to say what they thought was true. And so at the time, here’s what Don Lemon was saying about black communities.”
In the clip, Lemon said, “More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock, that means absent fathers. And the studies show that a lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison, and the cycle continues. So please, black folks, as I said, if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior.
“Pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace, a culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned,” Lemon continued. “Thug and reprehensible behavior, a culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you and it’s not going to.”
“Wow,” Carlson said. “Can you imagine what would happen if Don Lemon or his body building buddy over there or any of these hair-hats said something like that on CNN tonight or MSNBC? That would be their last live broadcast ever. They would be fired immediately. You can’t express views like that, and so they don’t. It tells you a lot.”
Frankly, we’re surprised that Lemon admitted that BLM is only concerned with a tiny fraction of black lives. But blaming certain elements of black culture (which, incidentally, includes a cultural tendency to resist arrest…which leads to unnecessary violence) in 2020? Forget about it. We’re all on the Blame Whitey or Bust train, and this one doesn’t appear to have had its brakes checked in a long, long time.